A small polished bronze sculpture of a biomorphic form rising gracefully from a small base. Where it contacts the base, the form stands on two leg-like structures. The form rises from there, narrows, then opens up into a wider, more oblong shape at the top.
An early example of Jean (Hans) Arp's interest in biomorphic abstraction. In its attention to basic, generic biomorphic shapes the piece is a kind of study of primordial organic forms, forms suggestive of all manner of life but not representing anything specifically.
Goldweight in the shape of a chest decorated with side-by-side "star" forms on the top and sides.
Early historic records indicate that chiefs from the various coastal Akan states (in what are now Ghana and Côte d"ivoire) frequently requested ironbound coffers from their European trading partners. Kings and chiefs would use these chests to hold their gold dust; a particular kind of wooden chest was called "apemadaka", or "£ 1,000 (Pound Sterling) Chest" because it could hold 1,000 individually wrapped bundles of gold dust worth 1 English Pound. Chests and boxes like this one are not only a common motif for goldweights, but are represented on other objects as well, including actual gold dust boxes.