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Ashanti Royal Gold Scorpion (Mpetea) Ring, Lost Wax 19th - 20th c.

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Start price: $2,200

Estimated price: $4,000 - $6,000

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West Africa, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, Akan Kingdom and later Ashanti peoples 19th – 20th century. Ashanti royal rulers gold giant scorpion ring in exceptionally large form constructed in the lost wax casting technique. The insect with a large beautifully curved tail of dual spiked tip, swirled and geometric tiger stripe decorated shell, and a multitude of small stylized legs all around. Court Regalia like chief’s rings were believed to protect the wearers and when covered in gold the effectiveness was enhanced. Size 3" L x 2 1/4" W x 3" H. US size 9.

This has been examined with XRF Scan #2767, (Tested at 19.57kt, 112grams, probably very heavily gold plating over a lower kt mixed gold base)

For a similar example see " Gold of the Akan from the Glassell Collection " , pgs. 169 img 6.51 (Personal Ring of Nana Boakye Yiadom II, Chief of the Asante State of Agona.)

Family collection of an esteemed diplomat and ambassador amassed during travel and work circa 1960-1990s in the medical field providing charitable advanced medical care throughout the African continent and internationally.

Condition: Losses throughout with surface wear as shown.