This finely cast 18th/19th Century brass weight depicts a leopard with an antelope in its mouth. The leopard has a long sweeping tail with a series of raised circular patterns along its back. One of the leopard’s legs is missing which was probably deliberately removed as a counted weight during the original casting.
For similar examples, refer to p.105 of Tom Phillips' publication, 'African Goldweights, Miniature Sculptures from Ghana 1400 - 1900'.
Estimated Period: 18th/19th Century
Ex Private Collection, UK
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