Jul 8, 2009
Jul 8, 2009

Pendant: Crocodile

Pendant: Crocodile

1930 or earlier

Gold

Overall: 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1952.265

Did you know?

A goldsmith had to create superfine rolls of wax to make the texture of this piece; the wax was used to make a mold into which liquid gold was poured.

Description

This pendant was cast in gold using the lost-wax method. Gold objects are the only Baule art forms associated with ancestor spirits. Pendants can have many uses. Usually hidden in pots or suitcases, gold adornments can be displayed on important occasions such as funerals. They can be 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.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Jewelry
Medium: 
Gold

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