Five gold weights shaped as articles for every day use – (4985)

Five brass or bronze gold weights shaped as articles for every day use. The two chairs (4985 & 86) were a gift from a very close friend in Ghana who had a large collection of figurative gold weights. The prototype of this type of chair dates from the 16th or 17th century and came from Portugal or Holland. Chair played an important role in Ghana as a status symbol. The oil lamp (4991) has four corners which contained contained wicks made of cloth. The lamps burned on shea-butter or palm oil. The small square table or chair (4989) also served a ceremonial purpose. We believe that item 4990 depicts a broom but it could just as well be a hoover. All these gold weights date from the 18th or 19th century. Weights and sizes are shown in the last photo. Reference 4985-4986-4989-4990-4991
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