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Together with a model of a Gilded Bronze ‘X’ Shaped Asante Chair ‘Asipem’ based on a 16th century Portuguese prototype and made only for Kings
Circa 1900 – 20’s
Stool: 23.6 grams in weight
Size: 3cm high, 5cm wide, 2.5cm deep – 1¼ ins high, 2 ins wide, 1 ins deep (stool) 10cm high, 6.5cm wide, 6.5cm deep – 4 ins high, 2½ ins wide, 2½ ins deep (chair)
Thence by descent
Thomas twice served under the Government of Ramsay MacDonald in 1924 and 1931, as Secretary of State for the Colonies and in 1935 became Secretary of State for the Dominions. Whilst he was in office during the British Empire Exhibition of 1924 it is probable that these pieces were officially presented to him
In West African Kingdoms the technique of lost wax casting was adopted to produce ornaments of great sophistication and intricacy. Whilst Benin became a centre of brass casting using this method, it was the Asante of Ghana who produced the most spectacular jewellery and objects made in all of Black Africa. The magnificence of the Asante court and the amount of gold with which the Kings and his officials adorned themselves dazzled and overwhelmed visitors who recorded breathless descriptions of what they had seen. In public appearances the weight of gold that the king wore on his arms, wrists and fingers was so great that he was obliged to rest his hands on the heads of small boys who stood before him.