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English: Snake Pendant
English: A coiled snake with head facing downward, holding a toad in its mouth. It was cast cire perdue and constructed of fine adjacent threads. There are 3 hooks for suspension. Condition: good, except for crude repair to metal next to supporting loops.
English: In societies without hereditary chiefs, such as the Akan-speaking peoples of southern Côte d'Ivoire, political and economic elevation remained open to people with the initiative and skill to advance. Once established as a community leader, an individual commissioned his or her own personal regalia, such as this pendant. To reinforce the point, a person of prominence eventually arranged an “exhibition of gold” to display the depth of his or her personal wealth and to entertain (and feed) the community. The Ebrié say on such occasions that “he or she has added something to the family chest.” PROVENANCE Museum records suggest that this snake pendant may have once been found in the personal collection of Abrogoua, a “king” (or, at least, a powerful chief) of the Ebrié who died in 1811. From there, it entered the Paris collection of Charles Ratton, a pioneering early dealer in both African and medieval art, who arranged to have the pendant shown in an ethnographic context at the Trocadéro museum, in Paris. In 1938 Ratton sold the work to Frederick Pleasants, a leader in the developing aesthetic approach to African art in New York, who would later serve as curator of the African collection at Brooklyn. In 1944 the pendant found its way into the collection of Alastair B. Martin, an important mid-twentieth-century collector in New York, who finally offered it to Brooklyn.
Date 19th century
date QS:P571,+1850-00-00T00:00:00Z/7
Dimensions 3 9/16 x 1 5/16 in. (9 x 3.3 cm)
institution QS:P195,Q632682
Current location
Arts of Africa collection South Gallery, 1st Floor
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Credit line Frank L. Babbott Fund
  • Culture: Ebrié
  • Culture: Lagunes Region, Ivory Coast
  • Place made: Lagunes region, Ivory Coast
  • Place made: Lagunes Region, Ivory Coast
Source/Photographer Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum; Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 54.161_edited_version_SL1.jpg
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