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Pendant: Face in Crescent

Pendant: Face in Crescent

1900s

Cast gold

Overall: 7 x 7.4 cm (2 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1952.118

Description

Gold objects, always cast using the lost-wax method, are the only Baule art forms associated with ancestor spirits. Usually hidden in pots or suitcases, gold adornments are displayed on important occasions such as funerals. They are laid out around the corpse before burial. A widow will wear them on a chain around her neck or attached to her hair at the ceremony signaling the end of mourning.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Jewelry
Medium: 
Cast gold

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