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It looked vaguely West African to me so I did a bit of googling and found this Asante gold weight on an antique website, which looks rather similar:
Obviously best to take random antique website identifications with a pinch of salt though. Email me off-list and I can put you in touch with some museum ethnographers who would be better-placed than me to properly identify this.
This item came into our ‘Meet the Curator’ session last week. Dug up from near an outbuilding on Gothic Mount (1960ish road of houses), Ackton near All Saints Church (late medieval) in the Wakefield District.
It’s a heavy metal but not lead. The winged creature appears to be a holding a decapitated child
Anyone seen anything like this outside of a Tim Burton film? Any ideas?
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