Inscribed in pencil, verso, l.l.: 55 Inscribed in pencil, verso, l.r.: 24 Inscribed in pencil, verso, right margin: "People and Places in Trouble"/ Fortune, March 1961 Inscribed in pencil, verso, u.l. margin: #794 Stamped form with two blanks completed in pencil, verso, l.r.: STORY NAME Poverty STORY DATE TAKEN FOR FORTUNE BY Walker Evans FORTUNE PICTURE NOT to be used For advertising or promotion CAPTION Stamped and numbered in pencil, verso, u.r.: Walker Evans V 83 (boxes around V and 83 see object file accession sheet for clarification)
Goldweight in the shape of a key, with two series of three lines around the body.
The representation of domestic objects is a common motif in Akan goldweights, yet the meaning of the key represented here goes beyond that of an ordinary household object. European-style keys and padlocks began to be imported to the Akan-speaking regions of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire from the 16th or 17th century onwards, and were used to secure large chests containing clothes and other valuables. Keys soon came to stand for power and wealth, particularly the power of the state, as it became custom to keep bunches of keys as part of the treasure of the various Akan states. The importance of keys as a symbol of power is complemented by the use of "key" metaphors in Akan proverbs, such as the following: "One question acts as the key to another."
One of a pair of doors that formed an arched entryway. In the upper two thirds of the door are opalescent square glass "coffers" in an arched composition that corresponds to the silhouette of the doors. The interior-facing side of the doors include curvilinear lead caming, inset with medium-sized beach stones, that frame the glass "coffers". The exterior-facing side of the doors has the "coffers" framed by patinated copper sheeting.
The doors from the Havemeyer house present different aspects: on the inside the warm wood tones and stones (traditionally thought to have come from beaches in Long Island and given to Tiffany to incorporate in the doors by Louisine Havemeyer) are lighter and more personal than the copper exterior of the doors. The exterior is darker and conveys the image of strength and security.
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.
A round metal lock meant to lock a chest. The front of the metal disc is decorated with a line carving of a Korean character surrounded by multiple carved circles, but leave a rim of undecorated metal around its edges.
On the plate, l.r.: Callot fecit Israel excudit. On the plate, lower right margin: 18 On the plate, lower margin, six verse lines in groups of two disposed from left to right: Cet example d'un Chef plein de reconnoissance, Qui punit les méchans et les bon recompance, Doit picquer les soldats d'un aiguillon d'honneur Puisque de la vertu dépend tout leur bon-heur, Et qu'ordinairement ils reciovent du Vice, La honte, le mespris, et le dernier supplice.