AFRICAN TRIBAL ART - COPPER/BRONZE
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AKAN GOLD CASKET Origin: Ashanti, Ghana (ATA:0801)
A relatively rare example of a cast brass storage casket, (possibly 19th Century?) intended to hold valuables including gold dust which, together with slaves, formed the bedrock of the nation's wealth and acted as the main medium of exchange.
The cast body, which has a traditional openwork base, shows signs of early repair. There is an ornamental frieze at top and bottom with an applied sunburst design and eight small studs. The body bears faint signs of an arabic cursive style decoration The heavy lid sports a pair of mythical beasts, possibly spirit leopards, depicted in the act of devouring a goat
Size: 50x25 (approx)
Price: USD 3000
BENIN COURTIER Origin: Benin (ATA: 0803)
This small antique bronze, cast by Benin craftsmen using the "lost wax" method, shows a gentleman of the court or perhaps a merchant holding what appear to be two of the many types of bronze Manilla or 'bracelet money' which were introduced by Portuguese traders in the early 1500's and used as currency in West and Central Africa for larger transactions such as the purchase of slaves until finally superceeded by paper money in the late 1940's
Well detailed and showing good patina
Size: 20x10cm (approx)
Price: US$ 500
BRONZE STATUETTES Origin: Cameroon?
BRONZE FIGURE Origin: Benin, Nigeria
COURT DWARVES Origin: Benin, Nigeria
RELIQUARY GUARDIANS Origin Mahongwe, Gabon ATA: (0808)
Usually known as Reliquary Figures from their function of standing guard over the woven baskets or medieval style reliquary caskets which hold the bones of important ancestors these statues are sacred to Bwitti known as the Spirit of the Ancestors. Through them contact is sought with the spirits of the ancestors and advice requested on various family problems. Although vaguely anthropomorphic in form their rudimentary features, round eyes, sharp noses and vestigial mouths are unsettling although the figures are always easily recognizable as human.
Constructed of metal strips (in this case copper) over a wooden frame the bases follow a traditional eliptical pattern. These small reliquary figures ar in fair condition with considerable oxidisation evident. Sold as a pair.
Size: 45x18 (approx)
Price: US$ 350 (Pair)
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