The Power of Gold Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana Roslyn Adele Walker, Martha Ehrlich, Christraud Geary, Malcolm McLeod, Doran H. Ross, Roslyn Adele Walker

Publication date:
15 May 2018
Dallas Museum of Art
134 pages: 267 x 190mm
160 color + 15 b-w illus.


This stunning volume showcases and explores a rich and varied collection of Asante royal regalia in the broader context of Asante art. The Asante Kingdom, founded around 1701 in the Gold Coast (now Ghana), was renowned for gold, the foundation of its wealth and power. For centuries they mined this metal and traded it with northerners on the Saharan caravan routes and Europeans along the Atlantic coast. The earliest examples of Asante gold were recovered from the wreck of the Whydah, a slave ship that sank off Cape Cod in 1717. The Power of Gold focuses on a dazzling array of adornments and implements used by Asante royals and officials during the 18th century to the present day—providing a deeper understanding of the history, traditions, and visual arts of the Asante people, one of the thriving cultures of West Africa.

Roslyn A. Walker is senior curator of the arts of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas and Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.