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Including; Figures Royal Shoes and Swords Matchlock Guns Shields Bells Fruit Birds Good Luck Charms ‘Suman’ and Flat Weights decorated with ritualised symbols such as the Swastika, said to represent the hand of the Colobus Monkey and a Cast Brass Box for carrying gold dust and nuggets
Late 19th Century
Sizes: approx: 1cm x 0.5cm (min) – ¼ ins x 1⁄8 ins (min)
11cm long (max) – 4½ ins long (max)
3.5cm high, 9.5cm wide, 4.5cm deep – 1½ ins high, 3¾ ins wide, 1¾ ins deep (box)
Kumasi, by Captain John Henry Crane
Thence by descent
Certainly no wealthy Asante could be expected to carry his own gold and a bearer always accompanied him on expeditions from his own compound carrying the box of gold dust, a set of weights and a small pair of scales in order to pay for his master’s purchases in the pure soft gold of the realm. The naïve charm of these naturalistic or geometric weights cast of brass has made them a unique art form.