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West African Gold: Akan Regalia from the Glassell Collection

West African Gold: Akan Regalia from the Glassell Collection
BOSTON  •  Museum of Fine Arts Boston  •  Ongoing
The Akan peoples, one of the largest ethnic groups in Ghana and Ivory Coast, are culturally similar and speak closely related languages. They have always associated gold with wealth, power, and prestige. Rich local mines continue to provide this precious metal in an area of West Africa with a long history of gold production and known to to Europeans as the "Gold Coast." The Akan formed many states and their kings and elite literally envelop themselves in gold from crowns to jewelry to dress—gold is also the predominant color of large, locally woven kente cloths, reserved for leaders. The most famous Akan state is the ancient Asante kingdom, which flourishes to this day under the leadership of the current Asantehene, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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