THE SIR CECIL ARMITAGE COLLECTION. After an exemplary military career in Africa, Sir Cecil Armitage was made Governor of Gambia (1921-27). He was fascinated by the Arts of East Africa, particularly those cast in bronze and formed a collection, largely related to the gold weights and containers which served the slave trade at that time. The currency for the slave trade was gold dust transactions in which were made by weighing against the standard. A portion of his collection is in the British Museum, while the balance was sold in London in the 1980's. With a few exceptions, we acquired the collection and have dispersed it sparingly for four decades.Late 19th century. The Grand Daddy of them all! 1 3/4" width, depicting an executioner with his hand on the victim's head, cutting the neck with a sword of the classic Ashanti sword of state form. The victim laying on his side with ankles bound, and hands bound behind him. Both figures with fully detailed faces. Wonderful patina and extraordinary subject.