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Soul's washer badge (Akrafokonmu)

Soul's washer badge (Akrafokonmu)





Artist : Anonymous

Date : between the XVIIIth and the XIXth century

Material : Gold
Acquisition : Lent by Christian Humann (1982)
Akan peoples
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Africa
Left
Ground Floor - Section 2
Item 15 on 51
Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Ritual object

Vitrine : 1 (Ref. 12)

Area related
Ghana

Description   

Ghana is part of an area that was a major source of gold for European and Islamic markets prior to the discovery of the metal in the Americas. The Asante and other rulers there maintained large courts of officials. One group of high-ranking attendants at court participated in ceremonies glorifying the king wore a special gold disk known as a "soul-washer's badge."
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