- Museum number
- Series: Asante Gold
Lost wax casting in gold of a small bi-facial open-work disc pendant (akrafokonmu). The disc is decorated in a series of symmetrical open-work squares subdivided into in-filled and open-work triangles. The periphery is outlined on both sides by a raised circle of solid gold and the rim has soldered on to it two semi-circular hemispheres and two lugs for suspension.
- Production date
- 19thC early (before 1874)
Height: 5.30 centimetres
Weight: 26.88 grammes
Width: 4.90 centimetres
Depth: 0.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This pendant falls into the general category of dwinnee, but its design is also known in Asante as akyekyedee akyi (or akyiri), ‘the back of the tortoise.’ The spirals are thought to resemble the plates on the carapace of a tortoise.
The pattern of in-filled triangles may also be influenced by Islamic designs that appear as chased work on some Asante brass vessels and ritual containers known as kuduo.
Because of its relatively small size it is difficult to be sure whether this ornament functioned as a disc pendant or a disc bead but given its dimensions, disc pendant is more likely.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See Christy Correspondence (File C)
Letter from W Sargeaunt, Crown Agents for the Colonies, 22 January 1877, confirming price of £371. 0. 4. for 100.275 ozs. of 'Ashantee Gold Ornaments.'
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Af1876C6.21 (old CDMS no.)