Item offered:

Ashanti Bronze Spotted Leopards
(Ghana)


Description:

On offer from our personal collection is this whimsical pair of bronze spotted leopards from the Ashanti peoples of Ghana. The Ashanti are known for their skilled & imaginative metalwork, & are prolific in their production of metal objects such as goldweights & various storage boxes, including a variety of lidded container known as a kuduo.

Possibly used as goldweights, the sculptures are loaded with personality. Cast using the lost wax method, the clever sculptor has paid considerable attention to detail with the marvelous facial features & the tiny rings representing leopards' spots, applied to the surfaces of both figures.

Despite a few minor casting imperfections including a (stable) crack on the inside of the right front leg of Leopard #1 & a missing upper-jaw tooth of Leopard #2 that appear to have occurred during the casting process, plus a partially broken toe on the right back foot of Leopard #2, these charming figures are in very good overall condition. Wonderful verdigris patina, with oxidation present inside & out. Delightful display.


Materials:
metal ~ bronze

Approximate dimensions:
6" L x 2.25" W x 3" H

Estimated age:
50+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 8-lbs.

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