'Liverpool Counterpoint 9' card

'Liverpool Counterpoint 9'

LIV.2015.51.9

On display

The linear, grid-like patterns inspired by Liverpool's modernist-style architecture in the lower part of this print contrast with the more organic forms of the Ga ladle from the Accra region (20.5.01.13) depicted in the upper part. The contrast is strengthened by the forest scenes engraved on the ladle’s surfaces. A leopard, a butterfly, three birds in a treetop, and the doubled-back python that forms the ladle's handle, can all be made out. Whether by design or serendipity, the formal contrasts of the print seem to reference the social and structural division in Ga society at the beginning of the 20th century between the townspeople (manbii), who claimed full civic rights and the "country" or "bush" people (kosebii), who had more restricted rights. Other contrasts or tensions can also be read into the print. The unique form and ornamentation of the ladle serves as an icon of an individual maker's identity, which contrasts with the standardized anonymity referenced by the stark, grid-like cliffs outlined below, which are based on Liverpool's contemporary urban architecture.