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Akan Gold Pendant Depicting a Rabbit - CK.0015
Origin: Ghana
Circa: 16 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 2.125" (5.4cm) high x 1.875" (4.8cm) wide
Collection: African
Style: Akan
Medium: Gold


Additional Information: sold

Location: United States
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In many cultures throughout the world, gold has been associated with status, power, prestige and wealth. As early as the 15th century, European merchants wrote about the richness of African gold objects used for adornment and intended for public display. Gold deposits were discovered in all regions of Africa, and became the most important commodity during pre- colonial times. The region of the Akan, spreading from the forest zone and costal areas of Ghana to the southern shores of the Ivory Coast, is the richest auriferous zone in West Africa. Several individual tribes make up the Akan people, the Asante and Baule being among the most famous, all united by their common ancestry and language. The royal courts of the Akan people were reportedly the most splendid in Africa. Oral tradition and iconography in Akan works of art are very closely connected. Verbal and visual symbolism tells stories or proverbs. Imagery of royal power on court ornaments carry out messages that helps keep the balance and continuity within the society.

This circular gold pendant depicts a leaping hare rendered in low relief. A thin openwork band near the edge of the pendant frames the composition. The piece would have been strung through the central tube, most likely along a necklace, but also possibly on a garment. Representational imagery in Akan art typically relates to mythology and/or proverbs, so it is possible this rabbit symbolizes an aspect of society or morality and functions are more than mere decoration. - (CK.0015)

 

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