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C.1900, ex: Sir Cecil Armitage Collection. Copper rich bronze, 1 1/8” length. Formed as a beetle and made from nature. An actual beetle was encased in molding clay, as would be a wax pattern, then the mold was fired which consumed the beetle leaving a cavity in its place. Liquid bronze filled the cavity and formed a bronze beetle, seen here. These weights were originally used to measure it for transactions. They represent proverbs which were integral to Ashanti culture and later, were exchanged as gifts.
Stock Number: B3366

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