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Crown for the King of Ardra in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crown for the King of Ardra in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

uploaded by: Janus Meerdhoff

Description: Crown for the King of Ardra, c. 1664
brass, glass, velvet

Provenance: England, unknown artist

Even though this crown is impressive to see, it is not made of precious materials. The crown is supposed to be a gift from the English to the King of Ardra on the west coast of Africa. With this gift the English hopes to foster trade relations. The Crown, however, never reached the king, he was captured by Admiral Michiel de Ruyter while on a mission to expel the English from the Dutch forts on the African coast.

Source of information: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Author (source) of image: Personal archive

Recommended/Related links

http://ferrebeekeeper.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/the-crown-of-ardra/

http://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/deruyter/

http://www.geheugenvannederland.nl/?/nl/items/OHR01:101

http://www.entoen.nu/michielderuyter/en

http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/14470.html

Crown for the King of Ardra in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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