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X65.8525 Gorget


Object Name: Gorget
Cultural Group: Asante peoples
Place of Origin: Kumase, Ghana
Date: Before 1874
Materials Used: Gold
Dimensions: H: 12.5 cm, W: 14.3 cm, D: 2.1 cm (H: 4.9 in, W: 5.6 in, D: .82 in)
Credit line and Accession Number: Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.8525

Asante peoples have long used gold to create elaborate regalia and figurative objects that advance chiefly agendas of power and status. These ornaments once adorned a royal stool, a symbol of the Asante state. In 1874 the British attacked and destroyed Kumase, the Asante capital, confiscating its state treasuries. They then collected war reparations from the Asante of fifty thousand ounces of gold, included in which were these gold ornaments. These and other regalia were transported to Britain, where a special case was fabricated to display them as Western jewelry.

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