Trophy Head

Trophy Head

Asante (Ghana)

  • Year created: 18th or 19th Century
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Country of Origin: Asante (Ghana)
  • Dimensions: 20x14cm
  • Weight: 1.36kg
  • Collection: Works of Art
  • Gallery: Oriental Armoury

One of the largest historic gold objects from Africa outside Egypt, this trophy head was made in the West African state of Asante, in present-day Ghana. The Asante people controlled extensive gold resources and were renowned for the items they made from this precious metal. The head is among the most important and famous works of Asante art. It probably depicts a defeated enemy from a different ethnic group.