Inventory no.: 1884

Akan People, Ghana, Turtle Ring


Cast Brass ‘Turtle’ Ring

Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast

19th century

length of bezel: 2.5cm, weight: 34g

The precise form and meaning of the motifs on this ring are unclear. The central part of the bezel is cast with a diamond-shaped lozenge that has been incised with an arrow motif. A turtle has been cast to one side, and some other mystery motif has been cast to the other.

The ring has substantial wear with softened contours. It is marked to the inside of the hoop with two old collection inventory numbers. The ring is stable and wearable.


van Cutsem, A., A World of Rings: Africa, Asia, America, Skira, 2000.


Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

Inventory no.: 1884