- Museum number
- Series: Asante Gold
This uni-facial disc pendant (akrafokonmu) was created using a combination of gold sheet and lost wax casting techniques. The central conical boss and the two protrusions at the rim are cast. The central conical boss was inserted from the back of the disc and soldered in place. The body of the disc is formed from sheet gold decorated with repoussé work outlined from the front with dot punching. The decoration takes the form of a series of raised scrolls that radiate outwards from the central boss. Symmetrical raised dots regularly punctuate the ground surrounding the scrolls. The perimeter of the disc is demarcated by two circles of gold wire that have been soldered on and the ground filled with short vertical repoussé work lines. The rim was formed by folding the metal back over itself to which are soldered two suspension lugs opposite each other.
- Production date
- 19thC early (before 1874)
Height: 9.50 centimetres
Weight: 28.20 grammes
Width: 8.60 centimetres
Depth: 1.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The same techniques as those used in the creation of Af,Ash.13, Af,Ash.14, Af,Ash.15 and Af,Ash.16 suggests that this disc was also made by the same goldsmith and/or workshop.
The decorative schema of this disc is based entirely upon spirals, a symbol of birth, creation and regeneration. Spirals are a very common decorative motif which occurs on goldweights, adrinkra stamped cloth designs and in the raised mud relief decorations on the exterior and interior walls of shrine and house walls.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Jul 1987. Introduction to the Collections
- Good. Split around central boss. Bent around edges.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See Christy Correspondence (File C)
Letter from W Sargeaunt, Crown Agents for the Colonies, 22 January 1877, confirming price for 100.275 ozs. of 'Ashantee Gold Ornaments' at £371. 0. 4.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Af1876C6.17 (old CDMS no.)