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Weights for Measuring Gold Dust

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New York (photographed)

  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Photograph depicting three decorative bronze weights, one resembling a couple in an embrace, one of a figure doing a handstand on a table, and the third of a figure riding a dog-like creature, made using the 'lost wax' technique

Place of Origin

New York (photographed)


1935 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

X.202 / NEW YORK: Museum of Modern Art. / Exhibition of African Negro Art, 1935. / [Photo. No. 163]
Label on mount

163 Three weights for measuring gold dust (left to right, Catalog nos. 207, 208, 209) / Ivory Coast (Baule); or Gold Coast (Ashanti) / Bronze, lost wax technique (photograph actual size) / Collection Tristan Tzara, Paris.
Label on mount


Height: 1 to 3 in Height of objects approx

Object history note

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.

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)


Photographs by Walker Evans

List of Photographs

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935
African Negro Art Edited by James Johnson Sweeney, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935



Subjects depicted

Acrobatics; Scales; Weights; Sculpture; Gymnastics; Riding


Africa; Photographs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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