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NewsPHOTOS: A list of the 7 artefacts returned to the Asante Kingdom 

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PHOTOS: A list of the 7 artefacts returned to the Asante Kingdom 

The Fowler Museum in Los Angeles on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Sagrenti War has permanently returned seven significant artefacts, once belonging to the Asante kingdom.

Recognizing the historical importance of this repatriation, TIGpost has undertaken the responsibility to provide a detailed account of each of these revered items.

The items, looted during the 19th century from British-colonized Ghana, found a home at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1960s, until their return on Thursday 8th February 2024.

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Among the repatriated artefacts are an elephant tail whisk, an ornamental chair crafted from wood, leather, and iron, gold stool ornaments, a gold necklace, and bracelets.

View below images of the returned artefacts:

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1. Royal Stool Ornaments (2):

Among the repatriated treasures are two royal stool ornaments, intricately crafted and symbolizing the regality and authority of the Asante ruler. These pieces hold historical significance, having been part of the Asante kingdom’s heritage before being looted during the Sagrenti War.

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2. Royal Necklace:

A royal necklace, adorned with cultural motifs, is one of the returned artefacts. Such necklaces were traditionally worn by royalty and symbolized not only wealth but also the esteemed position of the wearer within the Asante society.

3. Bead Bracelet or Anklet with Gold Disk:

This intricately designed bracelet or anklet, featuring a gold disk, showcases the craftsmanship and attention to detail characteristic of Asante art. Such adornments were often worn for ceremonial and symbolic purposes.

4. Bracelet or Anklet:

Another piece among the returned artefacts is a bracelet or anklet, embodying the cultural richness and aesthetic preferences of the Asante people. These items were not merely accessories but held deep cultural significance.

5. Elaborate Elephant Tail Whisk:

The collection includes an elaborate elephant tail whisk, a ceremonial item used in traditional Asante rituals. Such whisks were emblematic of authority.

6. Ornamental Carved Chair:

An ornamental chair, intricately carved and studded with brass and iron embellishments, is part of the repatriated artefacts. This chair is a testament to the skilful craftsmanship that made Asante art renowned worldwide.

As Independent Ghana, we celebrate the return of these artefacts, recognizing the importance of preserving and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Asante kingdom. The homecoming of these treasures marks not only a restoration of historical items but also a reaffirmation of cultural identity and pride.

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