- Museum number
Lost wax cast figurative gold-weight, in brass, in the form of a stylised standing leopard (osebo) with a raised tail which extends along its back and attachs at the top of its head. The leopard's body is decorated with cross-hatch lines. Its legs and feet merge into a flat plain rectangular-shaped base.
- Production date
- 18thC-19thC (Before 1878)
Height: 2.70 centimetres
Length: 3.50 centimetres
Weight: 29.88 grammes
Width: 1.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Proverbs associated with this weight include:
‘The rain wets the leopard’s spots but does not wash them off.’
‘When a leopard is hard pressed for food, it chews grass.'
‘The leopard that prowls about under the thicket causes the thicket to shake greatly.'
‘If the leopard could spring upon its prey to the right hand, then no animal would be left alive in the bush.’
‘No one teaches a leopard’s cub how to spring.'
'A hungry leopard tries to eat any animal.'
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Af1878C2.951 (old CDMS no.)