A woman in motion walking towards the left. She is wearing a very full skirt that is flowing behind her. Her right arm is raised up while the left arm is on her thigh holding her dress. She is wearing an elaborate hat.
An outdoor scene of a man next to a stone fountain, with a man on a horse and various other people around. The fountain has an arched top and is part of a stone wall with other rounded arched openings. There is a decoration of an ornate handled urn. There is also a fleur-de-lis watermark.
A container with an animal (dragon) shaped head as a lid; four paws at the bottom of the container. Glazed stoneware, sculpted with teeth incisions. Tan with red spots of coloring, partiallyy covered with olive colored gloss over a high-fire red clay. Small swirl design on sides and front area has carving to indicate the front/chest of the animal, sculpted with teeth and incisions.
Goldweight in the shape of a rectangle, bearing a geometric pattern with a zigzag line along one side and edged teeth along the other.
Goldweights have long been used and produced by the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. Many weights show patterns consisting of spirals, circles, waves, zigzag lines, bars, edged teeth, bows, or crosses. Scholars differ in their interpretation of these geometric weights. Most argue that the similarities between Akan goldweights and their Roman and Islamic counterparts indicate that Akan-speaking peoples adapted weight forms from their North African trading partners for their own use in the context of the gold trade. Other scholars maintain that the graphic patterns on Akan goldweights represent a symbolic language of indigenous origin. Following this interpretation, the goldweight under consideration here would show the combined symbols of the sun (the zigzag line) and the moon (the edged teeth), or the potentially harmful rays of the "Fire of Heaven" and the life-giving rays of the Moon.