- Museum number
- Series: Asante Gold
Hollow lost wax casting in gold of a bead in the shape of a crotal bell (donnomma). The bead is decorated all over its exterior surface with a regularly spaced dot pattern. It also has a suspension ring at the top, two parallel circular holes in the upper hemisphere and a slit in the bottom. The bell emits a faint ring when shaken.
- Production date
- 19thC early (before 1874)
Height: 2.20 centimetres
Weight: 7.30 grammes
Width: 2 centimetres
Depth: 1.80 centimetres
- 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 body of the bead was formed by winding wax thread over a core and adding small blobs of wax at regular intervals to create a decorative dot effect. A single plain length of wax thread was applied around the circumference of the bead. The core was subsequently picked out probably through the slit in the base and the two parallel circular holes in the upper part of the bead. The bell emits a faint ring when shaken.
- Not on display
- Good. This bead shows a great deal of wear suggesting age.
The lower portion of the bead may have been crushed slightly as the slit is partially closed and the overall form has lost some of its symmetry.
- 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: Af1876C6.75a (old CDMS no.)