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Collection Online as of February 24, 2024

Pendant: Face in Diamond

Pendant: Face in Diamond



These pendants were 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.
  • Adolphe Stoclet, Brussels, Belgium
    (Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • {{cite web|title=Pendant: Face in Diamond|url=false|author=|year=1900s|access-date=24 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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