- Museum number
- Object: La Bouche du Roi
Small basketry bag (a) filled with cowrie shells (b). Bag is woven from strips of natural, purple- and green-dyed fibre. Secured with lengths of fibre wrapped around bag.
Part of an artwork in the form of a ship, based on the print of the Liverpool slave ship 'The Brookes'.
- Production date
Height: 12.20 centimetres (a)
Height: 2.20 centimetres (b (largest))
Height: 1.80 centimetres (b (smallest))
Width: 18.70 centimetres (a)
Width: 1.90 centimetres (b (largest))
Width: 1.90 centimetres (b (smallest))
Depth: 9.30 centimetres (a)
Depth: 0.20 centimetres (b (largest))
Depth: 0.30 centimetres (b (smallest))
- Curator's comments
- Cowrie shells were one of the items traded by Europeans to Africa, often in exchange for enslaved people.
This bag is part of the multi-media artwork 'La Bouche du Roi'.The formal structure of the artwork is based on the print of the Liverpool slave ship the Brookes which was commissioned in 1789 by the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade.
- 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
- 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
- Additional IDs
Other BM number: Af2006,20.309 (a-b: previously registered as)