Site display: Normal | Text Only

My Collection | About Us | Teachers

Find objects

Select from more than one or two options below:

Objects search

Can't find what you're looking for? Try the search below.

Executioner's chain of office, reputedly African, 1801-1900

A ‘chain of office’ is a mark of the importance of a position. This silver chainmail necklace was made in the 1800s and worn by an executioner. It reputedly belonged to the executioner during the reign of King Prempeh I (c. 1888-1931) of the Ashanti in North Africa. Although Prempeh eventually turned against capital punishment, he could be a harsh ruler. Human sacrifices and executions are recorded as being performed on his behalf. King Prempeh fought the British colonial forces and was exiled to the Seychelles in the 1890s. He was allowed to return to his homeland two decades later and died in 1931 of natural causes.

Object number:


Related Objects

There are 631 related objects. View all related objects



Glossary: necklace

Ornaments worn around the neck, usually in the form of chains or strands of beads, pearls, stones, or the like, and often including a suspended ornamental pendant. Use "chokers" for short, narrow necklaces worn close to the throat. Use "dog collars (necklaces)" for wide ornamental bands worn tightly around the neck.

Glossary: capital punishment

No description.