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Akan Brass Pendant Whistle Ghana African Art

Regular Price: $125.00

Special Price: $49.00

Product #: 111513
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Title Akan Brass Pendant Whistle Ghana African Art
Type of Object Pendant, flute
Country of Origin Ghana
People Akan
Materials Brass
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 4.5 Inches
Width: 2.75 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair worn surfaces

Additional information: A unique and charming pendant with a head at the top.  There are three holes on the bottom; it appears to be a piece of jewelry that doubles as a whistle.  

For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.

For ages, brass and gold African beads have been made using the “lost wax method.” First a model of the object is made from beeswax, then dipped repeatedly in a solution of fine ash or charcoal powder mixed with water. This forms a mold, or “crucible,” which is allowed to dry and harden. In the case of beads with fine strings in their design, a syringe is used to produce the long, thin wax pieces which are then wrapped around charcoal to leave a hole during the heating process. As the molds harden,  channels are left in them  to enable the wax to drain out during the heating process which takes place in a kiln. As the wax melts and is “lost”, molten brass or gold is poured into the mold to form the bead or ornament. When the metal has cooled, the molds are broken open and cleared away and the new art object is thoroughly cleaned and shined before it is presented to the world. In some cases the final product is gilded for an especially rich finish.