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Asante Brass Sculpture of a Ceremonial Group - PF.4665
Origin: Southern Ghana
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high x 4.375" (11.1cm) wide
Collection: African
Style: Asante
Medium: Brass

Location: United States
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Most of the artistic works of the Asante, especially objects of prestige, were made to commemorate historical events. Their history is considered not merely an academic issue, but a living presence that can influence contemporary life. In the art world the Asante are also known for their superb metal work and their extraordinary mastery in the art of smelting.

This wonderful group shows two seated figures who may be a representation of the king and his wife. He holds a baton or scepter as symbol of rank. She is seated proudly with hands on her knees. They are preceded by five male figures who are greatly diminished in size by comparison. The leading figure on the left carries a shield, while the man next to him holds two staffs. Behind them are three musicians vigorously making music. With remarkable skill the artist has not only depicted different instruments, but the pose and facial expressions of people caught up in the thrill of music.The final figure at the back dutifully holds an umbrella providing shade for the king and queen. It is amazing to consider how an artist managed to capture the intense feeling of an important ceremony, a grand audience of royalty and a festive occasion, all with simplicity and elegance through the medium of brass.
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