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Akan gold weight, British West Africa, n.d.

Akan gold weight, British West Africa, n.d.

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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
Figure
alternative currency
date made
n.d.
place used
Ghana
associated place
British West Africa
Physical Description
cast (overall production method/technique)
bronze/gray (overall color)
blue corrosion (overall color)
bronze (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6.61 cm x 2.86 cm x 2.55 cm; 2 19/32 in x 1 1/8 in x 1 in
ID Number
NU.77.38.062
catalog number
77.38.062
accession number
1977.1211
Credit Line
Benjamin Stack, Harvey G. Stack, and Norman Stack
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West African Currency
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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