In This World, If You Do Not Allow Your Brother to Climb, You Will Not Climb (Ama won yonko antwa nkron) Artist: Mark Anthony (Ghanian, died 2020)
Author: (Playwright) Douglas Kobena Nyarko (Ghanaian, active 20th century)

ca. 1996–98

African Art

On view, 1st floor, African Art

Mark Anthony is known as the master of Ghanaian concert painting, a genre that flourished from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s and featured handpainted posters advertising traveling theatrical performances. This poster depicts a scene from A. B. Crentsil’s Ahenfo Band production of a play written by Douglas Kobena Nyarko. The title is an Akan proverb that teaches selflessness and warns against envy through the story of a queen mother who is jealous of a beautiful younger woman. In the scene shown here, the young woman emerges from an egg, while a hunter dressed in European colonial clothing approaches. The painting was constructed in two parts that are held together by hinges, so that it could be easily moved and presented freestanding. It shows wear and tear from being carried around to different performance venues.


Mahogany, acrylic house paint, and nails


96 × 96 × 2 in. (243.8 × 243.8 × 5.1 cm)

Credit Line

The Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Fund

Accession Number



20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



A.B. Crentsil, Ghana, 1996–1997; Michelle Gilbert, Guilford, Conn, 1997–2019; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • "Selected Acquisitions," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2020–21), 138, ill
Object copyright
Additional information

Technical metadata and APIs


Open in Mirador

View IIIF manifest

The International Image Interoperability Framework, or IIIF, is an open standard for delivering high-quality, attributed digital objects online at scale. Visit to learn more

Linked Art

API response for this object

Linked Art is a Community working together to create a shared Model based on Linked Open Data to describe Art.