- Museum number
- Series: Asante Gold
A composite bracelet (suman) consisting of:
10 small lost wax cast beads in gold, including a flat lozenge (nwato)
6 glass beads (3 white, 2 black and 1 yellow tubular bead)
8 lost wax cast gold crotal bells
The beads have been threaded on to a thin length of stiff twisted buff coloured vegetable fibre that has been wrapped around itself. In three places the thread has been manipulated to produce three identical fibre pendants that also have black threads interwoven so as to make an alternating pattern. These forms, along with the knotted ends serve to separate the beads into four discrete sets of between 4 to 6 beads each.
- Production date
Weight: 18.42 grammes
Width: 6 centimetres
Depth: 7.50 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Bracelets consisting of an apparently random assortment of glass beads and gold ornaments were worn by Asante rulers, chiefs and queen mothers. The gold ornaments were amulets (suman) that provided protection. Bracelets of similar form, but without the gold ornaments were worn by non-royals.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2020-2021 Sep-Jul, Washington D.C., National Museum of African Art, Caravans of Gold: Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Trans-Saharan Trade
2019-2020 21 Sep-23 Feb, Toronto, Aga Khan Museum, Caravans of Gold: Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Trans-Saharan Trade
2019 26 Jan-21 Jul, Evanston, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Caravans of Gold: Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Trans-Saharan Trade
1980 Sept, London, BM, Asante: Kingdom of Gold
- Good. There are some casting faults on two of the gold beads caused by gold failing to fill the mould adequately.
One crotal bell has been crushed causing tearing and loss of gold on part of one of the hemispheres.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number