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Gold Weight Depicting a Ceremonial Sword

Akan, Ghana - L: 9 CM

Bronze Gold Weight. 18th - 19th Century. Akan Culture, Ghana

 

This finely cast Akan gold weight depicts a ceremonial sword. The gold weight’s twisted handle depicts a head with spiralled horns.

 

Bronze Akan gold weights were made by Akan goldsmiths from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century in a variety of styles, for the purpose of measuring gold dust for the Akan royalty. Akan goldweights are miniature marvels with the intricacy of their casting.

 

Gold weights could also be worn as charms to cure ailments, gifted with dowries of gold dust or sent as pertinentmessages. Proverbs depicted in the form of the weight could provide a piece of advice, recall a debt, serve as a warning or token of friendship.

 

Estimated Period: 18th–19th Century

 

Reference

 

National Museums Scotland, Goldweights from Ghana,

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