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Goldweights are small objects cast from brass used to weigh out quantities of gold and gold dust.  They are cast using a lost-wax casting technique, wherein wax is sculpted into the desired shape and a mold is pressed around the wax model.  Then, the mold is heated and the wax drained out, leaving a void in the shape of the original wax model.  Liquid brass is poured into the mold and allowed to set before the caster cracks the mold open and retrieves the finished goldweight.
African
Goldweight
brass
1 9/16 in x 13/16 in x 3/8 in (4 cm x 2 cm x 1 cm)
Gift of Doran H. Ross
Rembrandt van Rijn
The Ship of Fortune
etching on paper
4 ⅜ in x 6 9/16 in (11.11 cm x 16.67 cm)
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke
George Cruikshank
Sheet of Sketches: Heads of Two Men, Horses and Riders, Ship in the Background
graphite, pen, brown ink and watercolor
4 7/16 in. x 7 1/8 in. ( 11.3 cm x 18.1 cm )
Gift of George Foreman Green
Marten de Vos; Maarten de Vos
Allegorical Representation of 'America'
pen and black ink with ink wash on cream-colored paper
4 15/16 in x 4 15/16 in (12.54 cm x 12.54 cm);19 ¼ in x 14 ⅜ in (48.89 cm x 36.51 cm)
Museum Purchase
This black and white stereoscopic image features two images of an African American girl and man standing near a small log and plank building within a wooded area. The man is holding an implement against a grinding stone. <br /> It is surrounded by the text: Sample Set No. 1; Plantation Scene.<br />
Stereo Classics Studio
Stereoscope Image, Sample Set No.1: Plantation Scene
photograph on cardboard
3 3/4 in. x 7 in. ( 9.5 cm x 17.8 cm )
Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond
View of the main mansion of the Greenwood Plantation in Louisiana.
Walker Evans
Greenwood Plantation, Louisana
gelatin silver print on paper
10 in x 8 in (25.4 cm x 20.3 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 3/8 in (36.51 cm x 49.21 cm);9 1/2 in x 7 5/8 in (24.2 cm x 19.3 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Lunn, Jr., in Honor of the Centennial of The Michigan Daily
Reinier Nooms
Study of Ships; no. 3 from the series of 13 plates, Various Seascapes, Ports, and Harbors
etching on paper
7 9/16 in. x 11 3/4 in. ( 19.2 cm x 29.8 cm )
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke
Wenceslaus Hollar
Amoenissimae Effigies. Plate 23. Die Zuyder Zee.
etching on paper
2 3/10 in x 3 11/16 in (5.87 cm x 9.37 cm);22 ⅛ in x 18 ⅛ in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm)
Museum Purchase
Ships coming upon the banks and disembarking for the battle that can be see on the left.
Artist Unknown
The View on the Taking of Quebec
hand-colored engraving on laid paper
9 13/16 in x 11 13/16 in (24.92 cm x 30 cm);6 7/16 in x 10 1/16 in (16.35 cm x 25.56 cm);6 1/16 in x 9 5/8 in (15.4 cm x 24.45 cm);18 13/16 in x 14 11/16 in (47.78 cm x 37.31 cm)
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
A photograph of three tin figures in a shallow plane, set against a black backdrop. The man on the left stands behind a podium, facing the man in the middle, who is chained. The man on the right holds a whip. 
David Levinthal
The Slave Market
photogravure on paper
17 11/16 in x 20 7/8 in (44.93 cm x 53.02 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Six figures appear in a formal garden landscape. On the right a pair of men in powdered wigs stand behind two women, one seated in a wheelchair, before an elaborate portico. A pair of boys, also sporting wigs, stand on the left, partly screened by a fountain. One of the boys holds a shell and the other carries a parrot. A small pool extends through the middle ground behind the figures and draws attention to the setting and the distant obelisk visible above the trees.
Charles Philips
The Edwards Family on a Terrace
oil on canvas
28 in. x 36 in. ( 71.1 cm x 91.4 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
Two male figures wearing voluminous patterned garmets and flat brimmed hats face one another, surrounded by an ornamental, classically inspired frame. Larson 2/7/18<br />
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Christoffel Bockstorffer
Charles V and his Brother Ferdinand I
etching on paper
12 ½ in x 15 11/16 in (31.75 cm x 39.85 cm);14 in x 19 1/16 in (35.56 cm x 48.42 cm)
Transfer from the University Library

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35 Collection Object Sources

Goldweight (2010/1.190)
The Slave Market (2004/2.11.7)
Printed Cotton (1972/2.339)
Printed Cotton (1972/2.343)
Marine Lanscape (1960/2.85)
Fish Market (1961/1.168)
Gold-weight (1997/1.511)
Gold-weight (1997/1.506)
Negro Quarters (1954/1.223)
Gold-weight (1986/2.128)
Caryatid stool (2005/1.204)
Stool (1997/1.356)

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