Roslyn A. Walker
Roslyn A. Walker is Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas and the Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Walker, Roslyn A.
Walker, Roslyn A.
United States of America
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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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PublisherDallas Museum of Art
Pages49 - 56
Description: The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana
This 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.
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Print publication date May 2018 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780300233049
EISBN 9780300263268
Illustrations 162
Print Status out of print
Description: The Arts of Africa: At the Dallas Museum of Art
This book showcases 110 objects from the Dallas Museum of Art’s world-renowned African collection. In contrast to Western “art for art’s sake,” tradition-based African art served as an agent of religion, social stability, or social control. Chosen both for their visual appeal and their compelling histories and cultural significance, the works of art are presented under the themes of leadership and status; the cycle of life; decorative arts; and influences (imported and exported). Also included are many fascinating photographs that show the context in which these objects were originally used.
Print publication date January 2010 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300138955
EISBN 9780300253603
Illustrations 221
Print Status in print