05-05-2018 05-05-2018
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3099B Boston
May 5, 2018 10:00AMCalender
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Three Akan Bronze Goldweights

$615$500
Auction: American Indian & Ethnographic Arts - 3099B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 05, 2018 10:00AM

Description:

Three Akan Bronze Goldweights, bronze bushcow with oxpecker birds on its back, 1 1/2 in.; bronze cast goldweight representing a stylized Sankofa bird with simplified body, triangular raised tail, spirally grooved wings, and a crested head on a long, arc-shaped tubular neck twisted backwards, on a tiered square base; and a bronze goldweight in the form of a small Beisa antelope, long grooved horns sweep back over the spindle-shaped body to touch the rear, (some of the extremities cut off to conform to the desired weight).

Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; bird and antelope from J.J. Klejman Gallery, New York, purchased October 22, 1968, bushcow from Christie's, South Kensington, London, June 25, 1985, Lot 197.

Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February-April 1988.
Estimate $500-700


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Keywords

London, Akan language, Akan people, East African oryx, Geography of Africa, Montclair, Oxpecker, Sankofa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Symbols, Walnut Street station, West Africa