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Jewelry

Jewelry

1800s

Cast gold, hammered

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1935.309

Description

Shared by different Akan and Akan-related peoples, including the Asante and Baule, gold ornaments indicate status and wealth and are worn at public festivals by titleholders, chiefs, and kings. Most pectoral disks are suspended over the chest by a white, pineapple-fiber cord. They are owned by the okra, a young official who purifies the chief’s soul--hence, the name akrafokonmu, meaning "soul-washer’s badges" or "soul disks."

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Jewelry
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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