Disk Pendant (akrafokɔnmu)

Disk Pendant (akrafokɔnmu)



Diameter: 11 cm (4 5/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1952.84


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 akrafo, a young official who purifies the chief’s soul—hence, the name akrafokonmu, meaning “soulwasher’s badges” or “soul disks.”

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African Art
African Art
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