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- Series: Asante Gold
A pendant consisting of eight small lengths of gold chain and six lost wax castings in gold of European-style bells (nnonnoma). The suspension loop and two rings (top and bottom) are made of gold wire and have been soldered together to form a framework from which the bells and the chains hang. There are three double links in each chain made of gold wire, which are decorated with a twist pattern. This may indicate that it was cast but was more probably mechanically twisted. The ends are soldered together. On alternate chain loops a bell is suspended with a plain band running horizontally around the top of the bell flange. The top and bottom of each bell is decorated with a series of half loops which completely cover the remaining ground. The bells are hollow and have no clappers inserted into them.
- Production date
Diameter: 2 centimetres (average bell diameter)
Length: 9.30 centimetres (max)
Weight: 91.10 grammes
- Curator's comments
- There are two types of bells in common use in Asante: 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.
Bells, of the first type, were customarily bound to ancestral stools in order to call the spirits of the departed, and those attached to the Golden Stool were rung to summon the Asante people.
Miniature representations of manacles and bells were also cast in the form of gold-weights, strung as composite elements onto ornaments and appeared as part of the decorative schemas of cast brass kuduo vessels.
This bracelet makes a pleasant tinkling sound when shaken.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1980 Sept., London, BM, Asante: Kingdom of Gold
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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