Akan. <em>Ornament or Pendant with Antelope</em>, late 19th or early 20th century. Gold, coral beads, 4 x 4 x 4 in. (10.2 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Selden, 80.155. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.155_view1_bw.jpg)

Ornament or Pendant with Antelope


Medium: Gold, coral beads

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th or early 20th century

Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 4 in. (10.2 x 10.2 cm)



Accession Number: 80.155

Image: 80.155_view1_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Gold disk, cast by the lost wax process, with extremely fine concentric lines on top and bottom surfaces. The disk is divided into four quarters by one fairly wide hollow rib and one thin double notched line. The top surface is decorated near the outer edge with two horned quadrupeds in high relief that stand one on either side of the hollow rib. The animals are probably antelopes. In addition, on one side of the rib are two triangular shaped openings; on the other side are two peanut shaped openings. The animals are about 1 1/8 in. high. The outer rim of the disk is formed by a braided design. Two coral beads accompany the ornament and when strung fit at either end of the hollow rib. Condition: Very good. The disk is not absolutely level and there are casting indentations. Evidence of wear on both ends of hollow tube. One horn of one of the animals is missing. Received with lender's metal coated suspension thread.

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