Mother and Child FigureArtist(s)AsanteArtist NationalityAsanteObject Creation Datelate-19th to early-20th centuryMedium & Supportbrass on woodDimensions
4 ¼ in x 2 ½ in x 3 ¾ in (10.8 cm x 6.35 cm x 9.53 cm);5 ¼ in x 2 ¾ in x 4 ⅛ in (13.34 cm x 6.99 cm x 10.48 cm)Credit LineGift of Michael and Phyllis CourlanderSubject matter
Beginning in the 18th century, the Asante began to produce figural goldweights depicted everyday objects, animals, and humans. Figural statues were typically created using the lost-wax casting method. Though larger than traditional weights, this brass casting potentially served as a goldweight (mrammou) in the measuring of gold dust. Figurative goldweights are often associated with Akan proverbs. Though no longer used to weigh gold, the figures continue to be created. The representation of mother and child depicts the mother’s position of honor, as the Asante are a matrilineal society.
Seated figure holding two smaller figures with three more smaller figures in front, all made from a single piece of brass. Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypemaquetteCollection AreaAfricanRights
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