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  • Place of origin:

    Ghana (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red stone beads

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This necklace of red stone beads, strung as a series of tubes, discs and spheres, was made in Asante state, Ghana, West Africa; a region made wealthy through a historic trade in gold and slaves. Beads of this type were widely used in trade in West Africa although it is thought that they originated elsewhere.

The necklace may have been worn by a member of the court. A large number of pieces of court regalia found their way to Britain after British forces invaded the Asante capital of Kumasi on 4 February 1874. The Asantehene (ruler of Asante state), Kofi Karikari, fled leaving behind much precious regalia which was captured.

Physical description

Necklace composed of a string of red stone beads (carnelian?)

Place of Origin

Ghana (made)


late 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Red stone beads


Length: 29.2 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Sergeant Pearce. The item was 'Received by stores' on 27 April 1874 suggesting its acquisition may be connected to the British invasion of Kumasi (capital of Asante state) on 4 February 1874.

Descriptive line

Necklet composed of a string of red stone beads, Asante, Ghana, 19th century


Black History; Jewellery; Metalwork; Africa


Metalwork Collection

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