The Gold of Africa Museum is found at 96 Strand Street in Cape Town. The museum is located in the Martin Melck House. The exhibition dedicated to the history and artistry of African gold begins on the first floor. Â
First comes the history via an astounding timeline of the importance of gold throughout the ages. Some people had too much gold such as Croesus of Lydia (561 "“ 546 BC) who is said to have sent 3400kg of gold to decorate the temple at Delphi. When Mansa Musa, the ruler of Mali, journeyed to Mecca in 1324 he carried so much gold with him and spent it so freely that the price of gold plummeted in Cairo and it took a dozen years to recover.
Then through another door comes the artistry. The museum contains the world-famous collection of West African gold artefacts originally from the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva. Outstanding pieces such as a human head of pure gold from Cote d'Ivoire and hammered crescent-shaped earrings "” 8 inches across "” made using 610 grams of gold, are found in every case. There are gold-decorated fly whisks, parasols, and sandals. There are gold sword ornaments, necklaces, rings, amulets, brooches, and pectoral disks. Â Â Â Â Â
Up another flight of stairs is the highlight of the museum, the Golden Lion of Ghana. This charming king of the golden jungle has a lovely curly tail, a glorious mane, and a wonderfully self-contented grin. After visiting this museum and its eclectic shop of delights, the visitor will know how that lion feels.
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