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Cast Brass Pendant & Brass Bead Necklace
Asante/Ashanti, Ghana, West Africa
early 20th century

length of pendant: 12.5cm, length of chain: 66cm, weight: 193g

This beautiful necklace and pendant originally came from West Africa, most probably from the Ashanti people of Ghana.  The necklace itself comprises dozens
of hand-cast brass beads. The pendant is rectangular with a ring at the end. The front of the pendant has been cast using the lost wax process with geometric
motifs.

A related necklace with similar beads is illustrated in Robbins & Nooter (1989, p. 201.)

The necklace and pendant set has a superb patina and clear age. It is also stable and wearable.

References:
Robbins, W. M. & N. I. Nooter, African Art in American Collections, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 2850

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