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The Power of Gold

Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana

Roslyn Adele Walker (Editor), Martha Ehrlich (Contributions by), Christraud Geary (Contributions by), Malcolm McLeod (Contributions by), Doran H. Ross (Contributions by), Roslyn Adele Walker (Contributions by)


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This stunning volume showcases and explores a rich and varied collection of Asante royal regalia in the broader context of Asante art. The Asante Kingdom, founded around 1701 in the Gold Coast (now Ghana), was renowned for gold, the foundation of its wealth and power. For centuries they mined this metal and traded it with northerners on the Saharan caravan routes and Europeans along the Atlantic coast. The earliest examples of Asante gold were recovered from the wreck of the Whydah, a slave ship that sank off Cape Cod in 1717. The Power of Gold focuses on a dazzling array of adornments and implements used by Asante royals and officials during the 18th century to the present day—providing a deeper understanding of the history, traditions, and visual arts of the Asante people, one of the thriving cultures of West Africa.

Dallas Museum of Art, 9780300233049, 134pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

About the Author

Roslyn A. Walker is senior curator of the arts of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas and Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.