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Pendant mask

Pendant mask
19th century
Africa : Akan
h 7 x w 6.2 x d 2.5 cm
UEA 218

This small pendant in the form of a mask is made from twenty-two carat gold. It is almost certainly a relic of the conflict that took place between the British Empire and the Ashanti (or Asante) in 1896. The hairstyle, in small skein twists, and the facial scars show that the head is not that of an Asante. By 1900, goldsmiths of the subjugated Asante and other Akan-speaking peoples had turned their attention to the making of copies and trinkets for expatriates. It was probably acquired by the Pitt Rivers Museum in Farnham, Dorset before 1899.

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