Art

V&A: Asante Goldweights

The V&A reopens on the 19th of May.

A chance to see this display of #Asante treasures from #Ghana, shedding light on 19th-century collecting and the British Empire, Asante gold court regalia is richly symbolic of an economy centred on the gold trade. Small brass goldweights were shaped to express proverbs encouraging honesty, integrity and the need to leave a legacy of good deeds. This display highlights contested heritage: some items were taken by British troops when they raided the Asante capital, Kumasi, in 1874 in conflicts over gold-trading ports.

Runs until – Sunday, 31 October 2021

10.00 – 17.30

Metalware, Room 116, The Belinda Gentle Gallery, V&A South Kensington

#kensington #Asante #Kumasi #ColonialRule

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