- Museum number
- Object: La Bouche du Roi
Part of an artwork in the form of a ship, based on the print of the Liverpool slave ship 'The Brookes'.
18 anthropomorphic masks made from the upper section of black plastic petrol cans. A mouth is suggested by the circular, open spout; a nose by the handle; forehead and cheeks by the raised area above and below the handle; eyes by the depressed area beneath the handle.
Some of the masks have additional attachments and modifications:
Mask no.29 has white oil paint on the face and single cowrie shell attached to front.
Mask no. 20 has two small metal rings attached to front.
Mask no. 27 has strip of cotton cloth around handle.
Mask no. 26 has red ceramic string of beads wound round handle.
Mask nos. 14, 15 and 17 have incised inscriptions.
- Production date
- Curator's comments
- La Bouche du Roi is a multi-media installation that comprises 304 plastic petrol can 'masks' as well as liquor bottles, mirrors, cotton cloth, glass beads, gourd bowls, cowrie shells, scales and an imitation gun. It also includes film and audio elements. The formal structure of the installation is based on the eighteenth century print of the Liverpool slave ship the 'Brookes'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 22 Mar-13 May, BM
2007 2 Jun-15 Jul, Hull, Ferens Art Gallery
2007 4 Aug-2 Sept, Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum
2007 15 Sept-28 Oct, Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery
2007-8 10 Nov-3 Feb, Newcastle, Laing Art Gallery
2008-9 5 Dec-1 Mar, London, Horniman Museum
2009 3 Apr-31 May, Coventry, The Herbert
2021 12 Feb-29 Aug, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Slavery
- Fair. Mask no. 30 has large crack on face.
- Associated titles
Associated Title: "Description of a Slave ship"; print of the Liverpool slave ship the Brookes commissioned by the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1789.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number