Pendant: Face in Crescent

Pendant: Face in Crescent



Overall: 7 x 7.4 cm (2 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1952.118


This pendant was cast in gold using the lost-wax method. Gold objects are the only Baule art forms associated with ancestor spirits. Usually hidden in pots or suitcases, gold adornments are displayed on important occasions such as funerals. They are laid out around the corpse before burial. A widow will wear them on a chain around her neck or attached to her hair at the ceremony signaling the end of mourning.

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African Art
African Art
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