- Museum number
- Series: Asante Gold
Lost wax casting in gold of a uni-facial disc pendant (akrafokonmu). The disc is plain except for a raised central suspension tube that runs the length of the disc and an open-work border around the rim that is sib-divided by vertical lines.
- Production date
- 19thC early (before 1874)
Height: 5.10 centimetres
Weight: 30.56 grammes
Width: 5.20 centimetres
Depth: 0.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This disc was made by creating a thin wax cylindrical core over which a disc made of coiled wax thread was placed. The core formed the central tube. Wax thread was shaped into a circle to make the rim and attached to the disc by tiny wax spokes. A loop of wax was fixed around each end of the core cylinder and attached to the rim of the disc to create lugs so the disc could be threaded for suspension. On both front and back a thread of wax was fixed across the disc at right angles to the central tube.
Ornaments of this type and method of manufacture are more commonly associated with the Baule of Cote d’Ivoire rather than Asante art. This may indicate that some sort of contact was maintained between the two peoples after 1730 when the Baule emigrated westwards to their present location. The technique capitalises upon the textural interest created by allowing the original wax thread construction of the model to show through on the finished piece.
These circular pendants are called senze (setting sun) or talie by the Baule.
Pendants in this form appear to have been worn by the Asantehene's servants known as akra (soul-washers) although fewer of them are known. It is quite likely that this ornament was worn as a pendant at major public festivals as an item of courtly display.
A Kumase palace official has suggested that Af,Ash.29 and Af,Ash.32a would be threaded together to produce a type of protective charm known as gyabum.
- Not on display
- Good. Missing section from right proper edge.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Af1876C6.27-29 (old CDMS no.)