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List of illustrations

  • Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene
  • Map showing the peoples of Ghana with Akan areas labeled in red
  • Asantehene Osei Tutu II following his enstoolment
  • Sacred Golden Stool of Asante
  • Asante fly whisk
  • A street in Kumasi
  • Skulls fastened to drums (Page "T")
  • Overhead view of the weaving process in the Samuel Cophie Workshop
  • Asante stool
  • Nana Kwabena Dumfe, Head Keeper of the Asantehene’s state swords
  • Sheet gold knife mounts with repoussé decorations: handle cap
  • The Asantehene Osei Bonsu of Kumasi, seated with officials, detail
  • Sun disc
  • Sun disc
  • Sun disc
  • Sun disc
  • Sword ornament in the form of a lion
  • Six Asante sword ornaments from the Nsuta regalia
  • Six Nsuta state swords with ornaments
  • Lion sword ornament at Juaben
  • Lion sword ornament at Ejisu
  • Four gold rings
  • Counselor's staff finial of lion and boy
  • Sword bearer with lion-adorned skullcap at Fetu Afahye festival
  • Dining table of the Nsutahene with lion-adorned stool and brass bowl
  • Sword ornament in the form of a spider
  • Necklace pendant with spider
  • Chief’s sandals with spider ornaments
  • Chief's crown with spider motifs
  • Queen Mother Nana Ama Dokua with spider headwear
  • Counselor's staff finial of Ananse on his web
  • Four adinkra cloth stamp patterns
  • Suit made of printed cloth with spider motifs
  • Printed cloth with spider motifs: fancy print cloth, detail
  • Printed cloth with spider motifs: wax print cloth depicting a spider and its web, detail
  • Gold spider in velvet-lined display box
  • Axe (sika akuma)
  • Captain Knapp Barrow (seated) and Captain Brandon Kirby (standing) with unidentified African men
  • The prince visiting Special Commissioner Brandon Kirby in Kumasi (page "V")
  • Bantama Coomassie (page "P")
  • Agyeman Kofi in Kumasi shortly before becoming the next Asantehene (page "X")
  • Frederick Grant’s registration form for photograph
  • Agyeman Kofi in Kumasi shortly before becoming Asantehe (page "U")
  • King Kwaku Dua and the Golden Stool in Kumase, with attendants
  • Annexation of Okwawu
  • Dr. Smith in Kyebi as ambassador of the English government
  • Large basin
  • Cup-bowl (kuduo)
  • Waisted vessel (kuduo)
  • Container (kuduo)
  • Container (kuduo)
  • Lidded vessel (forowa)
  • Lidded vessel (forowa)
  • Artifacts from a pirate ship
  • Small disc bead in concretion
  • Gold-weighing paraphernalia
  • Early-period stone and iron goldweights
  • Islamic-style goldweights
  • Early-period geometric goldweights
  • Late-period geometric goldweights
  • Late-period gold-dust spoons
  • Late-period circular and oval lidded storage containers
  • Late-period storage boxes for gold dust
  • Late-period gold-dust box and weights
  • Direct-cast figurative goldweights
  • Early-period figurative goldweights
  • Late-period figurative goldweights: humans
  • Late-period figurative goldweights: implements and weapons
  • Late-period figurative goldweights: implements and weapons
  • Late-period figurative goldweights: stools and furnishings
  • Gold weight
  • Royal stool
  • Stool for male leader
  • Chief's throne
  • Woman’s stool (mma dwa)
  • Rainbow stool (kontonkurowi dwa)
  • Chair
  • Chair (asipim)
  • Ceremonial helmet (denkyemkye)
  • Cap (krobonkye)
  • Sword bearer’s helmet
  • Sword bearer’s hat
  • State sword
  • Sword ornament of a gaboon viper with a hornbill
  • Sword ornament of crocodile with a mudfish
  • Sword ornament in the form of a lion
  • Sword ornament in the form of a spider
  • Sword Handle of a Pineapple
  • Handle cap for royal knife
  • Knife-sheath tip (sika boha)
  • Knife-sheath tip (sika boha)
  • Knife-sheath tip (sika boha)
  • Knife and knife-sheath
  • Chief’s umbrella and finial (ntuatire) in the form of a babadua
  • Umbrella finial (ntuatire) in the form of a porcupine (kotoko)
  • Umbrella finial (ntuatire) of a book
  • Atumpan
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu)
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu) with cowrie motif
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu)
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu)
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu)
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu)
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu)
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu)
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu)
  • Pectoral disc pendant (akrafokonmu)
  • Linguist staff (ͻkyeame poma)
  • Linguist staff (ͻkyeame poma) with boy and lion
  • Linguist staff (ͻkyeame poma) with boy and lion, detail
  • Linguist staff (ͻkyeame poma)
  • Linguist staff (ͻkyeame poma), detail
  • Linguist staff finial of Ananse the spider
  • Linguist staff finial representing a hen and her chicks
  • Linguist staff finial depicting a man caught in a trap
  • Pendant
  • Bead
  • Necklace with multiple beads and amulet in the form of a stool
  • Necklace
  • Necklace
  • Necklace
  • Necklace (spider in web)
  • Necklace with multiple beads
  • Necklace
  • Finger ring ornament
  • Ring with a porcupine (kotoko)
  • Ring
  • Ring surmounted by a mudfish
  • Chief’s ring of a man-of-war ship
  • Ring with starburst
  • Man’s finger ring with five birds
  • Man’s signet ring with Victorian hand motif
  • Ring
  • Ring
  • Elbow ornament
  • Armband
  • Bracelet
  • Fly whisk
  • Pair of sandals
  • Pair of sandals
  • Chief’s crown
  • Crown
  • Headband
  • Textile (kente)
  • Man’s kente (Oyokoman pattern)
  • Man’s kente
  • Kente (green with peppers)
  • Man’s kente
  • Weaving sword (tabon)
  • Adinkra
  • Tobacco pipe
  • Bowl
  • Memorial head (nsodie)
  • Memorial head (nsodie)
  • Female figure with child
  • Doll (akua'ba), frontal view
  • Dual-disc pendant (awisiaado)
  • Woman’s kente (ammere Oyokoman pattern)
  • Woman’s kente
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Description: The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana
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PublisherDallas Museum of Art
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Description: The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana
The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana and its accompanying catalogue constitute the Dallas Museum of Art’s first exhibition devoted to Asante art and culture. The exhibition unites key objects of Asante art from the DMA’s rich and diverse collection of the arts of Africa with masterpieces from private collections and institutions around the globe to illustrate the...
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Description: The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana
I was pleased to accept the Dallas Museum of Art’s invitation to write a foreword to this catalogue. We Asante are justly proud of our long history and our rich and complex culture. I believe that the exhibition The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana marks an important step forward in presenting and explaining that culture to the wider world.
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Description: The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana
In 1999 the sixteenth Asantehene (king of Asante) was installed in a magnificent ceremony at Kumasi, the capital of the Asante peoples (fig. 1). The new monarch took the regnal name of Osei Tutu II (fig. 2). By doing so, he was reaching...
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Description: The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana
Asante regalia consists primarily of objects owned by the state and intended for public display. Visual and verbal linkages are especially rich because Asante is traditionally a nonliterate culture. Stools, swords, and some gold ornaments predate the Asante state, while chairs, the spokesman’s staff, crowns, tobacco pipes, and inscribed protective charms display European or Muslim origins....
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Description: The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana
The Nsuta lion sword ornament (abɔsodeε) in the Dallas Museum of Art is an exceptional example of both this motif...
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Perhaps the most telling story goes . . .
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Description: The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana
Works of art have a history, or provenance. Bills of sale, artists’ and collectors’ diaries, and catalogue raisonnés are some of the resources available to reconstruct the history of a work of art. Unfortunately, however, these resources are not generally available when one is researching African...
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On Saturday, the 28th day of June, 1884, Frederick Grant, “a most successful Photographer and large dealer in African views”Gold Coast Times 3, no. 140,...
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~All photography, unless otherwise noted below or in captions accompanying the images, is © 2018 Dallas Museum of Art.
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