Thursday, March 29, 2012

Life in Miniature: Asante Goldweights and Sculpture

New York's Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is currently presenting Life in Miniature: Asante Goldweights and Sculpture, which features a range of works from Chaim Gross's renowned collection of Asante goldweights from Ghana. The selection of items from the collection will emphasize the plethora of shapes the sculptures take, from purely geometric forms to representations of animals and human figures. Narrative scenes are also presented, which capture daily life on a miniature scale and illustrate the sayings and proverbs that governed village life, from the raising of children to the determination of court cases. The goldweights on view will be complemented by a selection of Asante sculptures, including a splendid royal drum with caryatid, a gold-handled sword and a magnificent wooden Sankofa bird; sculptures whose forms and meanings were frequently replicated in the tiny weights.

View the official website.

Information and images courtesy of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation

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