This finely cast bronze gold weight depicts a bird with a knotted body, created from an actual reef knot tied in wax, which was then cast. In Akan society, the birdwas a symbolic emblem of the state, and knots traditionally represented wisdom. The conjunction of bird and knot speaks of the wisdom of the state.
Estimated Period: 18th – 19th Century
Ex Seward Kennedy Collection, UK (London)
T. Phillips, African Goldweights: Miniature Sculptures from Ghana 1400-1900, p.154