Jun 10, 2009

Knife-sheath tip (sika boha)

Knife-sheath tip (sika boha)



Overall: 6.4 x 2.1 cm (2 1/2 x 13/16 in.)

Weight: 4.19 g (0.15 oz.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1935.309


Shared by different Akan and Akan-related peoples, including the Asante and Baule, gold ornaments indicate status and wealth and are worn at public festivals by titleholders, chiefs, and kings. Most pectoral disks are suspended over the chest by a white, pineapple-fiber cord. They are owned by the okra, a young official who purifies the chief’s soul--hence, the name akrafokonmu, meaning "soul-washer’s badges" or "soul disks."

See also
African Art
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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