- Museum number
- Series: Asante Gold
Hollow lost wax castings in gold of two beads in the shape of crotal bells (donnomma). The beads are decorated with raised scroll motifs. They both have a suspension loop located on the top and a horizontal rectangular slit which runs the length of the base. The edges of these slits are bordered by raised bands decorated with oblique lines.
- Production date
- 19thC early (before 1874)
Height: 1.50 centimetres (a)
Height: 1.40 centimetres (b)
Weight: 1.92 grammes (a + b)
Weight: 1.92 grammes (b)
Width: 1.10 centimetres (a and b)
- Curator's comments
- There are two types of bells in common use in Ashanti: the flared-lip, open type with attached clapper always associated with state stools and often seen in miniature versions as an ornament, and the smaller, spherical, closed ‘sleighbell’ or crotal type with a loose stone or bit of metal put inside through the slitted opening in the bottom to provide its noise-maker. The latter type, with slight variations, is to be found all over West and North Africa, the Near East, India and Europe, made of various metals.
The decoration on the beads was made from fine threads of wax which were added to plain sheets of wax modelled over cores. The banding around the edges of each slit were created by attaching a single wax thread which had been incised with line decoration. The core was picked out through the slits in the base of each bead.
- Not on display
- Good. Bead (a) has a hole near the suspension loop that was caused by a casting fault.
- 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: Af1876C6.73a-b (old CDMS no.)