Ear drops "Akan"

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Tin | gold-plated | ceramic pearls | ear drops 1.5 + 4.5 cm

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Ear drops "Akan"

In old cultures, jewelry was often assigned some deep symbolism. The early African advanced cultures brought about charming valuables, which are fascinating us even today.

Ear drops "Akan": Akan is a group of related African people in West Africa, having behind a long tradition. Jewelry pieces of this type - gold disks combined with ceramic pearls - have been worn for four centuries by Akan women. Disks of gold-plated tin, diameter 1.5 cm. Ear drop format 1.5 x 4.5 cm.

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Collective term for the artistic creations of the tribes and ethnic groups of sub-Saharan Africa. African ancestral sculptures, magical figures and masks are deeply rooted in religious and mythical tradition.

The people of Ashanti (Ghana today) developed significant goldsmith's art by its gold wealth. Wood carvings of Ashanti artists (mother and child figures, fertility dolls) are well-known as well.

For centuries, Benin (now Nigeria) has been ruled by powerful kings called obas. The obas were absolute rulers, who considered to be of divine origin. The heirs had a responsibility to preserve their memory. Large bronze altars and impressive head sculptures became a reminding heritage of the following generations. The bronze heads of excellent workmanship, cast using the lost wax process - the oldest date back to the 15th and 16th centuries - are outstanding evidence of African art.

Similarly famous are the shoulder masks of Baga in the West African country Guinea which can weigh up to 60 kg and the terracotta heads of Yoruba in Ife (Nigeria) which date from the 10th to 13th century.

The Kabyle, Guanche and Tuareg are the Berber tribes located in Northwest Africa. The art of Berber is characterized by abstraction and spontaneous creativity. The exceptional vitality of the Berber art is proving itself in assimilating into modern art movements.

In the manufacture of jewelry, the abstract geometric motifs are made as individual pieces and connected to long chain strands. The jewelery creations made of silver are especially popular and attractive.

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