Akan Gold Weight

Description:

These brass weights were used by the Akan people of modern day Ghana and the Ivory Coast for measuring gold dust between the late thirteenth and early twentieth centuries. They were cast into geometric shapes and figures of animals and people. These weights set a standard for measuring gold dust and made it easier to use gold dust as currency. The weights’ varied forms reflect Akan culture as well as cultural interaction between West African, North African, and European traders over five centuries.

Date Made: 19th century

Location: Currently not on view

Place Used: GhanaPolitical Area: Ghana

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, West African Currency

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Credit Line: Marjorie A. Cope

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0723.01Catalog Number: 1987.0723.01Accession Number: 1987.0723

Object Name: Gold Weight Palm Wine CollectorweightTraditional Moneyalternative currencyOther Terms: Gold Weight Palm Wine Collector; Africa; Ashanti

Physical Description: brass (overall material)brass/gray (overall color)cast (overall production method/technique)brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7.07 cm x 4.67 cm x 3.7 cm; 2 25/32 in x 1 27/32 in x 1 15/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-4f16-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1068446

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