- Museum number
- Series: Asante Gold
Hollow lost wax casting in gold of a bi-facial star-shaped pendant (awisiado/ewsiasdo) with a raised conical boss. The boss is decorated with vertical incised lines and is surrounded by a series of solid concentric circles which are decorated with a continuous zig-zag pattern. The solid rim of the disc has a corolla of twelve triangular points which project outwards. Some of these points have triangular-shaped voids cast into the reverse. The reverse of the pendant is decorated in a similar manner as the front but with open-work concentric circles rather than solid. The centre consists of a flat circular ground sub-divided into triangular sections, two of which form voids and two in-filled with cross-hatching. Soldered on to either side of the rim are two suspension lugs.
- Production date
- 19thC early (before 1874)
Height: 6.20 centimetres
Weight: 34.18 grammes
Width: 6.40 centimetres
Depth: 0.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Pendants in this form were worn by the priest of Onyame, the Supreme creator god, but in recent decades pendants of this shape have been worn by the Asantehene's servants known as akra (soul-washers).
In Akan proverbs the stars represent people and are contrasted with the moon, representing the chief. The stars remain unchanged while the moon waxes and wanes in the same way the people are always there though chiefs come and go.
Associated Proverbs: 'The evening star desirous of being married, always stays close to the moon,' signifies in a political context that people love their chief and will support him.
Some of the open-work elements of this pendant have been filled with gold as a result of mis-casting.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995, London, Crafts Council, African Metals
- Good. Rays on back are bent and have holes. Central section has splits along one edge and on repaired area. There is some crushing damage to the back.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Af1876C6.27-29 (old CDMS no.)