The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana

April 15, 2018 to August 12, 2018 | Chilton I Gallery
Sword ornament in the form of a lion, Asante peoples, Nsuta, Ghana, Africa, c. mid–20th century, cast gold and felt, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc. 2010.2.McDState sword, Asante peoples, Ghana, Africa, 1935–1960, iron, wood, gold leaf, ray skin, and fiber, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Charles and Kent Davis 2010.3Sword ornament in the form of a spider, Asante peoples, Ghana, Africa, Late 19th century, gold-copper-silver alloy, Dallas Museum of Art, McDermott African Art Acquisition Fund 2014.26.1Linguist staff (okyeame poma), Asante peoples, Ghana, Africa, First half of 20th century, wood and gold leaf, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc. 2010.1.McDPendant, Asante peoples, Ghana, Africa, Late 19th century, gold-copper-silver alloy, Dallas Museum of Art, McDermott African Art Acquisition Fund 2014.26.2

Be dazzled by over 200 gleaming gold items of regalia, colorful and intricately woven silk kente cloth, ceremonial furniture, state swords, linguist staffs, and other significant objects related to Asante royals from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Founded around 1701 with wealth derived from the gold trade with North Africa and Europe, the Asante Kingdom was a very powerful polity in West Africa. The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana, inspired by works in the DMA’s collection and featuring objects from public and private collections, reveals the splendor of Asante regalia, much of which is made of gold. 

 

The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana will require a $16 ticket with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.