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Item Details
Public
Available to everyone
Culture
Kyaman, Adiukru, Akye, and other Lagoons groups
Title
Pendant in the Shape of a Snake
Date
early-mid 20th Century
Location
Creation Site: West Africa, Cote d'Ivoire
Cote d'Ivoire
Material
Gold, silver
Measurements
3 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in. (8.9 x 3.5 x 1.3 cm)
Description
The big men, or "kings", of the various cultures of the Lagoons region of coastal Cote d'Ivoire have, since at the least the seventeenth century, displayed their wealth in the form of gold pendant ornaments and figurines made using the lost-wax casting method. Gold pieces are commissioned and accumulated by families, with additions made by aspiring social climbers who, as the Ebrie say, "add to the family chest". Recognition of wealth through annual public "exhibitions of gold" is required for those wishing to become an age-grade official or village head. The objects are either laid out on a table for inspection or strung together and worn around the neck or in the hair of men and their female family members. Animals, including the snake shown here, are particularly popular as symbols strength.
Repository
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Accession Number
2006.028.003
Source
Museum purchase
Photographer: Michael McKelvey
Exhibition History
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, 2008 - December 1, 2014
On View
No
Rights
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11008427.fpx
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