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Akan Gold Weight

Akan Gold Weight

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Gold Weight, Male Figure
alternative currency
place used
Ghana
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
bronze (overall color)
cast (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 5.49 cm x 2.6 cm x 3.19 cm; 2 5/32 in x 1 1/32 in x 1 1/4 in
ID Number
1988.0817.02
catalog number
1988.0817.02
accession number
1988.0817
Credit Line
Raymond Hebert
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
West African Currency
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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