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‘Sika Blawa’ wood with traces of gold foil
Late 19th Century – Early 20th Century
Size : 25 cm long, 9.5 cm high, 5 cm wide – 9¾ ins long, 3¼ ins high, 2 ins wide
The origin of these figures is referred to by Garrard in his essay in 'Gold of Africa'. He describes the use of European batons brought to the gold coast by merchants in the 17th century and given to chiefs and dignitaries. Originally crowned with European silver plated figurines towards the end of the 19th century they began to be decorated with indigenous fine wooden carvings covered in gold leaf.
|Height||9.50 cm||(3.74 inches)|
|Width||5.00 cm||(1.97 inches)|
|Depth||25.00 cm||(9.84 inches)|