Lectures

Lectures
Join Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, for a lecture detailing the centuries-long connection between the Asante, England, and America.
 
Among the more noteworthy objects brought back by British troops after their 1896 sack of Kumasi, the capital of the Asante (in modern Ghana), are two English works: a Richard II bronze ewer (pitcher, jug) dated to 1390–99 and a silver punch bowl bearing a 1764 London hallmark. This lecture will explore the nearly six centuries of exchange, influence, and cross-currency between these important centers. West African Gold Coast traditions also have had an impact on English court and culture throughout this long period. Both works came to figure prominently in Asante court ritual and regalia and provide insight into larger global events in these and other eras.
 
Recorded on location:
Yale Center for British Art
Lecture Hall
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
 
Image: Made by Asante in London, Punch-bowl (with lid), war charm made of silver, 1764, British Museum, © Trustees of the British Museum
Wednesday, March 6, 2019