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Asante Gold

Ornament made of gold.


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Department: Africa, Oceania & the Americas

Registration number: Af1900,0427.35

Bibliographic reference
Sheales 2012 1.8

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Object types
pendant (scope note | all objects)

Title (series)
Asante Gold
gold (scope note | all objects)
lost-wax cast (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Asante Region (?) (all objects)
(Africa,Ghana,Asante Region)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot Royal Palace (?) (scope note | all objects)
(Africa,Ghana,Asante Region,Kumase,Royal Palace (Kumase))
Ethnic group
Associated with Asante (?) (scope note | all objects)
Associated with Baule (?) (all objects)

Lost wax casting in gold of a bi-facial rectangular pendant (srala/boloa atre). The pendant has a central cylindrical suspension tube and is decorated either side with solid flat panels decorated with an integral pattern of alternating triangles with a single row of small open circles along either side of the outer edges.

Length: 4.6 centimetres
Width: 5.7 centimetres
Weight: 29.44 grammes


Curator's comments
Ornaments of this sort are associated more closely with Baule 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.

This pendant or protective charm is worn by a chief next to the skin (similar to other beads called ewontamanu)

This pendant was made by winding wax thread around a central cylindrical core and attaching a rectangle of wax to each side. These two rectangles were made by joining triangles formed out of thin wax thread. Small open circles of wax thread were attached to the longer outer edges and more threads added to form the rim.

Associated names
Associated with Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by Gold Coast Government (biographical details | all objects)

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