Pendant of a Shield or Door
Africa, Côte d’Ivoire
3 1/2 in. x 2 3/4 in. (8.89 cm x 6.99 cm)
Gift of Victor M. Zurcher
Currently On View
Purchased from Robert Stopler, London, 1976
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Use for the pure metallic element having symbol Au and atomic number 79; soft, heavy, chemically inactive, yellow metal, considered as a precious metal since ancient times, and serving in many cultures as the basis of material trade values. Use also for this metal as processed and formed, usually in combination with other substances, to make various objects and materials. [July 1993 related term added. March 1993 descriptor moved; scope note changed; lead-in term deleted, was 'twenty-four carat gold'; lead-in term deleted, was '24-carat gold'; related terms added. December 1992 lead-in term added.]
Hanging articles of jewelry, usually suspended from a necklace, brooch, or earrings, but also includes Renaissance examples fastened to the sleeve often worn as decorative ornaments; can also be an article of devotional, magical, or mourning jewelry which then may sometimes be concealed under clothing. [December 1996 scope note changed; related term deleted, was ""; related term added. June 1995 scope note changed.]
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