Crown for the King of Ardra, anoniem, 1664

Crown for the King of Ardra, anoniem, 1664

koper, glas, fluweel, h 28cm × d 18cm. More details

While this crown is impressive to behold, it is crafted of inexpensive materials. It was meant to be a gift from the English to the King of Ardra on the west coast of Africa. The English hoped to foster trade relations. The crown, however, never reached the king; it was seized by Admiral Michiel de Ruyter while on a mission to expel the English from the Dutch fortresses on the African coast.

On display in gallery 2.9 Accessories 1623 Trade with the West: WIC

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