Date : between the XVIIIth and the XIXth century
Material : Gold
Acquisition : Lent by Christian Humann (1982)
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Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Vitrine : 1 (Ref. 12)
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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