Ghanaian chief's ring - (3764)

Large gold coloured ring which belonged to a local king (chief) or queen in Swedru a town in Ghana, West Africa. Gold is found in Ghana and in fact West Africa has been called the Gold Coast ever since trading with European nations started. When there is a 'durbar' or festival in Ghana, the local chief and his queen are carried around in chairs mounted on a frame with two poles, dressed in their finest kente clothes and adorned with gold chains, rings, shoe ornaments and other gold items just to show their importance and wealth. The chief who owned this ring and other jewellery belonged to the Fanti tribe and assured us that the ring is made of real gold. We have strong doubts about this but we bought the ring and other jewellery anyhow as they represent an interesting side of Ghanaian culture. Length 5.2 cm. Width 3.8 cm. Weight 42.7 grammes.
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