etched signature and 1980 in upper left corner and paper tag with same information verso
46.99 x 25.4 x 15.24 cm (18 1/2 x 10 x 6 in.)
A sculpture with a man wrapped in cloths, covering his face. One arm is behind him, the other across his chest and is bare. The colors are reds, gold, blue and black paints. The sculpture has a base and it looks like a corner of a wall with the man standing on the end.
Goldweight in the shape of a square base, with two solid, undecorated bars on top.
This solid weight shows an example of the geometric motifs that are represented on Akan goldweights as well as many other objects used and produced by the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. The graphic signs shown on this example might amount to a veritable writing system, although the precise meanings of individual signs remain largely obscure.
Goldweight in the shape of a square, with a geometric pattern, consisting of variously sized triangles in the center and edged teeth along two edges.
Goldweights have long been used and produced by the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. Many weights show patterns consisting of spirals, circles, waves, zigzag lines, bars, comb-shapes, bows, or crosses. Scholars differ in their interpretation of these graphic weights. Most argue that the similarities between Akan goldweights and their Roman and Islamic counterparts indicate that Akan-speaking peoples adapted weight forms from their North African trading partners for their own use in the context of the gold trade. Other scholars maintain that the graphic patterns on Akan goldweights represent a symbolic language of indigenous origin. In either case, the interpretation of this particular example remains unclear.
Goldweight in the shape of a bundle of three cannons.
Akan goldweights can be categorized into two broad groups, namely geometric or abstract weights on the one hand, and figurative weights on the other. This weight, representing a bundle of cannons, falls in the latter group. Military motifs, such as cannons, swords, war-horns, warriors, and shields, are in fact very common in the "Early Period" of representative weights, starting from the 17th century onwards. These military motifs seem to have had the definite purpose of indicating the power and strength of the state, and they may have been made largely for chiefs' courts. Cannons, in particular, were often modeled in weights and used to represent the superior military strategy with which Akan nations in what are now Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire defeated European armies that had superior arms.
Goldweight in the shape of an upside-down, U-shaped fish, of unknown species, with a bifurcated tail, a series of small spiraling circles along its spine, a long neck with horizontal incisions and a stylized human head with eyes, nose and mouth.
This is an example of a figurative gold weight, as they were used among the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire to weigh out units of gold dust. Representations of fish are common in Akan gold weights; this particular example might represent an imaginary fish or the invisible spirit of the water itself. As a rule, the various spirits, gods, and divinities inhabiting the Akan universe, such as the spirit of the water, have no material form and cannot be seen. However, they have the ability to take on a human or animal form (or a combination of both) and make themselves visible to privileged members of the village community on special occasions.
Goldweight in the shape of a square, with a geometric pattern with a double "X" form in the center and edged teeth along two sides.
This is an example of a geometric goldweight, as they were used and produced by Akan-speaking peoples in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire between 1400 and 1900. Goldweights have long intrigued Western visitors to the region and are popular collectors' items; they have been objects of scholarly inquiry by European scholars since the beginning of the 17th century. Yet the multiplicity of meanings inscribed in these goldweights, sometimes associated with proverbs, goes beyond a simple equation of a particular form with a particular meaning, and includes the varied contexts in which the objects were used (from trade exchanges to court rituals), the conjunction with other weights, and the social position and relationship of the person using the weight for a particular audience.
This is an abstract drawing with a large field of red and some green areas against a cream colored background. There are two groupings of vertical red lines partially covered by thick red strokes that create two round forms. Around the red area are black pencil strokes.
A portrait of Captain Dreyfus: The bust of a man in uniform stands pivoted to the right. His expression is neutral and his likeness is painted with bold colors in a watercolor-like texture. Below the bust reads "Le Capitaine Dreyfus", or The Captain Dreyfus.