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Asante Gold

Pendant made of gold.


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Department: Africa, Oceania & the Americas

Registration number: Af1900,0427.47

Bibliographic reference
Sheales 2012 1.9

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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)

Hollow lost wax casting in gold of a pendant. The pendant has three distinct components (a) the top is surmounted by a suspension loop that is framed by cursive scrollwork that extends down the sides of a bulbous hollow knob decorated with symmetrical pairings of leaves. (b) The second element comprises a plain hollow tapering neck that is pierced with round holes. (c) The third element takes the form of a flat lozenge-shaped fob which is sub-divided vertically across the middle and decorated on both sides with rows of tiny raised dots. The sides are pierced by two round holes and the tip of the fob is formed into another circular suspension loop that is larger than the first. Openwork.

Length: 7.3 centimetres
Width: 3 centimetres
Depth: 1.5 centimetres
Weight: 18.82 grammes

Good. The damage caused to this piece occurred during the casting process which resulted in it being badly deformed.

Curator's comments
This item was probably intended to be a pendant and possibly represents a local copy of the top of a European chatelaine? The decoration on the larger end is reminiscent of eighteenth century scroll-work and European inspired acanthus leaf decoration.

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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