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#4768 Superb African Akan - Asante gold-weight from the Gold Coast (Ghana) S/3

#4768 Superb African Akan - Asante gold-weight from the Gold Coast (Ghana) S/3

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 Akan - Asante  set of three gold-weight from the Gold Coast (Ghana) known as Islamic weights.
The use of gold was limited in the past on the African continent, due to the restrictions of Islam. In gold trading, Akan merchants used bronze figurines as gold weights, also known as mrammuo , these were figurative, either human figures or animal representations, or abstract designs - all were created using the lost-wax process
Gold dust was used as exchange up until the time that Europeans introduced their currency; the gold trader's equipment also included scales, tiny boxes, and brass spoons for the gold dust.

Nice patina.

Origin: Akan, Asante ethnic group - GHANA
Materials: Bronze
Dimensions :  approx  round 1.25" diameter  square 1" by 1" other 1.25" by 1.20"

 

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