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unknown Asante
Asante Primary

Ceremonial Sword with Guard

19th century-20th century
Metal shaft with wood and gold leaf guard

Sword with guard
45 in. x 4 in. x 2 in. (114.3 cm x 10.16 cm x 5.08 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.12
Other Number(s): 82-21 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Ghana
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Ashanti, Ghanaian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Akan
  • Asante - The culture and style of people of south-central Ghana and adjacent areas of Togo and Côte d'Ivoire.
  • ceremonial swords - Swords that play a part in public state or civic ceremonies or rituals, being variously worn, carried, or presented, as symbols of honor or power.
  • Ghanaian - Style and culture of the people of the nation of Ghana.
  • metal - Any of a large group of substances that typically show a characteristic luster, are good conductors of electricity and heat, are opaque, can be fused, and are usually malleable or ductile.
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Rare Gifts: An Exhibition in Celebration of the Library's Friends Bryn Mawr College , Sep 19, 2014 – Jan 30, 2015
  • African Images, Western Imageries: Collecting and Recollecting African Bryn Mawr College , Sep 26, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000
  • African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

  • Sword with guard Dimensions: 45 x 4 x 2 in. (114.3 x 10.16 x 5.08 cm)

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "The Museum of Fine Arts Houston Online Collections." (Accessed May 9, 2020): Accession No.: 97.1362.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Monica Blackmun Visona and Robin Poynor. A History of Art in Africa (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2001), 196-201.
  • Doran H. Ross, "The Iconography of Asante Sword Ornaments." African Arts 11, no. 1 (October 1977): 16-25, 90-91.

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