Gold Ornament Depicting Elephants


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Gold Ornament Depicting Elephants
©Trustees of the British Museum.

This lost-wax casting shows three abstract elephants, their bodies covered with ornamental patterns. It has been suggested it was a ring, although no ring or evidence of one is attached to the underside. At over three inches long, it would have impeded finger movement, as some other gold rings do. Alternatively, it may have been intended as a pendant or a sword ornament, though no suspension rings are present. The elephant is associated with royalty and wealth, and this piece is linked to Asantehene Prempeh I.


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