Elaborately worked jewelry and regalia are among exhibits in "Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal," a traveling exhibition which has begun a national tour at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art where it is on view through Aug. 28.

This is the first time these gold objects from West Africa have been shown in the United States. They have been drawn from the collection of the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.The exhibition will tour through 1992, visiting the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Birmingham (Ala.) Museum of Art, the Tampa (Fla.) Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville.