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Weights for Measuring Gold Dust

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    New York (photographed)

  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photograph

  • Museum number:

    2157-1936

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 202, box I

Physical description

Photograph depicting three decorative bronze weights, one coiled fish, one animal head, and one beetle-like insect, made using the 'lost wax' technique

Place of Origin

New York (photographed)

Date

1935 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Photograph

Marks and inscriptions

X.202 / NEW YORK: Museum of Modern Art. / Exhibition of African Negro Art, 1935. / [Photo. No. 164]
Label on mount

164 Three weights for measuring gold dust (left to right, Catalog nos. 228, 225, 226) / Ivory Coast (Baule); or Gold Coast (Ashanti) / Bronze, lost wax technique (photograph actual size) / Collection Miss Laura Harden, New York (228), amd Mme Bela Hein, Paris (225, 226)
Label on mount

Dimensions

Height: 1 to 3 in Height of objects approx

Object history note

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, commissioned Walker Evans to photograph its African Negro Art exhibition of 1935. He produced 477 images and 17 sets of these images were printed, one of which the V&A bought for $50.
Displayed in "V and A Africa: Exploring Hidden Histories"
15th November 2012- 3rd February 2013

Descriptive line

Photograph by Walker Evans depicting decorative weights for measuring gold dust by the Baule or Ashanti people of Ivory Coast, in an exhibition entitled 'African Negro Art'. New York, 1935.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

AFRICAN NEGRO ART

Photographs by Walker Evans

List of Photographs

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935

[NB: The term ‘negro’ was used historically to describe people of black (sub-Saharan) African heritage but, since the 1960s, has fallen from usage and, increasingly, is considered offensive. The term is repeated here in its original historical context.]
African Negro Art Edited by James Johnson Sweeney, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935

[NB: The term ‘negro’ was used historically to describe people of black (sub-Saharan) African heritage but, since the 1960s, has fallen from usage and, increasingly, is considered offensive. The term is repeated here in its original historical context.]

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Weights; Insect; Scales; Sculpture; Fish

Categories

Africa; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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