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The Akan are a group of peoples living in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Most of them live in the south of Ghana. The Akan kingship is characterised by the system of dual kingship, male and female.

Necklace in glass paste Ghana
African art > Jewelry, ornament > African necklace

Necklace made up of forty-nine blue beads strung on a raffia cord, these jewels having once served as currency.
Beads of this type, in molten glass, would come from Venice (Murano) in particular, but also from other European countries such as Czechoslovakia. From the 14th century, they were exchanged on the African continent for various goods: gold, ivory, etc. Jewelry could also be part of the dowry.
Symbolizing wealth, pearls also refer to lives depending on a whole. In black Africa, clan chiefs held necklaces symbolizing the clan, each pearl a family. Among the Baluba, pearls were placed in the hand of the deceased so that he could afford his pass into the afterlife.

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Kuduo Akan ceremonial pot from Ghana
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Can Kuduo

The Ashanti, Asante , mastered the art of lost wax cast iron, copper metal being sacred and considered inferior to gold, in order to produce ritual and prestige objects, such as the Kuduo brass which were intended, in addition to the storage of gold powder, for domestic and royal cults. Sacrifices and offerings were sometimes attributed to them. The stage on the lid of this kuduo evokes life at the court, musicians surround the king sheltered under the royal parasol kyiné, the latter being associated with the protective tree gyedua . The chief was accompanied by this umbrella in all his travels. The decorative motifs around the perimeter, however, are derived from Islamic traditions. Golden patina with grey-green inlays.

Ashanti are one of Ghana's ethnic groups (formerly Côte ...

Religious cup Akan
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Religious cup Akan

The Akan were a rich tribe in Ghana, and the Portuguese discovered this ethnic group at the end of the 15th century and quickly settled in the coastal region to develop the gold and slave trade. In three main themes: statues, jewels and furniture, this is a figurative ritual cut: an animal, obviously a horse, carries on its back and neck two bowls decorated with brass nails. Sitting on the back of the horse, he holds the widest cut with the tips of his arms, and wears a striated headdress to the rear, like the second character on the left of the animal.

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