The Gold Show at the DMA! Spring 2018

The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana

April 15, 2018 to August 12, 2018 | Chilton I Gallery

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“The DMA hopes to bring renewed attention to the Asante and deepen public appreciation and understanding of their history, culture and aesthetics.” Gold has shaped the Asante culture through art, trade and other daily aspects that can be seen throughout this exhibition. Gold was a " key driver of the Asante economy, and an incredibly important part of Asante culture”. The people used “sophisticated techniques in excavating it, and  incorporated gold across many different areas of their lives, but most significantly in royal regalia and ceremonial objects.” In this collection, “there are over 250 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.”