This finely cast miniature bronze gold weight depicts a fabled antelope with long, twisted horns. Cast by Akan goldsmiths, small gold weights (mrammou) such as this were used to weigh gold dust - the currency of the Akan and potent symbol of kra (life-force) - between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Estimated Period: 18th/19th Century
Ex Private Collection, UK
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