Necklace

Date:

19th/mid–20th century

Artist:

Bamum
Cameroon
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Africans have cast and forged tools, weapons, and other metal objects for over 5,000 years, long before the earliest recorded contact with the Europeans in the second half of the 15th century. When trade routes opened up, Africans were able to buy iron rods and ingots of copper and brass that could be melted, which cut out the arduous task of refining raw ores. Out of the increased availability of raw materials emerged an increased repertoire of intricately and delicately designed copper alloy work, including jewelry.
This necklace, composed of fourteen miniature heads welded onto a circular structure with a single clasp, would most likely have been worn by a member of the royal court at Bamum.
—Permanent Collection Object Description

Currently Off View

Arts of Africa

Artist

Bamum

Title

Necklace

Origin

Cameroon

Date

1800–1950

Medium

Copper alloy

Dimensions

Diam. 31.8 cm (12 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman

Reference Number

2007.577

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share