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FINE EARLY BRONZE GOLD WEIGHT - 4 CM

Akan, Ghana - £120

Early Bronze Gold Weight. 17th - 18th Century. Akan Culture, Ghana

This fine example of a geometric gold weight exhibits good casting and a smooth surface patina.

Gold has long been at the heart of Akan culture. Cast by Akan goldsmiths, small gold weights (mrammou) were used to weigh gold dust - the currency of the Akan and potent symbol of ‘kra’ (life-force) - between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. The earliest weights used by the Akan were predominantly castings in a variety of geometric forms, from spheres to spirals and pyramids, reflecting the Islamic influence on the gold trade in this region prior to the arrival of the Portuguese. 

Estimated Period: 17th Century

40 mm x 33 mm

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