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Object Creation Date
circa 1900

Medium & Support

1 5/8 in x 1 1/8 in x 1 3/16 in (4.13 cm x 2.86 cm x 3.02 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milford Golden

Subject matter
While it is evident that a peanut—or 'groundnut'—tops this ring, there is not much else known about this ring. It could have been made by the Dogon people of Mali, as a similar ring can be found in the Met Museum's collection. However, brass rings have also been made by Akan-speaking peoples. There is a similar ring in the Seattle Art Museum's collection, although it is made of gold. That ring is associated with the proverb that states: "if you want to plant something for me, plant groundnuts, not corn," which describes a desire for commitment. Groundnuts stay in the soil once planted, whereas corn can be uprooted.  

References Cited: 
McClusky, Pamela. 2002. Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back. Seattle, Washington: Seattle Museum of Art. 
Ross, Doran H. and Timothy Garrard.1983. Akan Transformations: Problems in Ghanaian Art History. Los Angeles: UCLA Museum of Cultural History.  
Met Museum Collection Object Number 1977.394.76
Seattle Art Museum Object Number 81.17.406

Physical Description
Brass ring decorated with a peanut or groundnut, possibly from the lost wax cast method. 

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