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Fine Arms, Armour, Ethnographic & Asian

Akan Chiefs Gold Armlet

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Start price: $750

Estimated price: $1,500 - $3,000

Buyer's premium: 25%

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West Africa, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire, Akan peoples, Chiefs armlet 20th century. Gold leaf, wood, and brightly colored fibers. A wide Muslim influenced talisman carved in wood with gold leaf laid over. Even through the Akan chieftains were mostly Christian they often used Muslim imagery which was believed to grant the wearer invincible in war. Size 5 3/4" W x 6 1/4" H

Family collection of an esteemed diplomat and ambassador amassed during travel and work circa 1960-1990s in the medical field providing charitable advanced medical care throughout the African continent and internationally.

Condition: Losses to fibers and gold leaf throughout.