On offer from our personal collection is this charming set of 5 brass/bronze goldweights 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.
Cast using the lost wax method, these small, rather delicate sculptures feature a bird motif. The birds atop 2 of them carry a fish in their beaks. Fine detail including semicircular concentric designs. Ranging in height from 1.75 to 2.5 inches, the figures all measure approximately a half-inch in width & an inch in depth.
Despite a few casting imperfections, this attractive set of goldweight figures is in good overall condition. In goldweight #2, the heads of 2 of the side-mounted birds are missing, which appears to have occurred post-casting. In goldweight #3, the head of the top-mounted bird, as well as that of one of the side-mounted birds, is missing, which appears to have happened during the casting process. Good patina on all the pieces. The grouping displays beautifully.