Gold Jewelry, Pottery, Wooden Stools, Gold Coast, late 17th cent.

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From accounts of Jean Barbot, A Description of the Coasts of North and South Guinea and others, in Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 2, plate 68, facing p. 631. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Shows "gold trinkets worn as spells" (i.e., amulets), bracelets, "gold hatband," "gold horn", necklace, small and large wooden stools, arm rings, hair combs, scales for weighing gold, cowry shells, earthen pot, and "iron pin, money" (see Astley, p. 631 ff. for descriptions of these items). A number of these items, but arranged differently on the page, are also shown in Awnsham and John Churchill, A Collection of Voyages (London, 1732; vol. 5, plate 22, p. 251) in the translation of Barbot's late 17th century account.