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Bird Gold Weight

Akan, Ghana - L:4.5 CM

 Finely Cast Bronze Gold Weight of a Knot Bird. Akan Culture, Ghana

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)

Reference

T. Phillips,  African Goldweights: Miniature Sculptures from Ghana 1400-1900, p.154

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L: 4.5 CM
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