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Superb Old Akan Geometric Bronze Goldweight Ghana Africa
Superb Old Akan Geometric Bronze Goldweight Ghana Africa
Superb Old Akan Geometric Bronze Goldweight Ghana Africa
Superb Old Akan Geometric Bronze Goldweight Ghana Africa
Superb Old Akan Geometric Bronze Goldweight Ghana Africa
Superb Old Akan Geometric Bronze Goldweight Ghana Africa

Superb Old Akan Geometric Bronze Goldweight Ghana Africa

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Old Akan Geometric Bronze Goldweight Ghana Africa


An old Akan geometric goldweight from the Gold Coast - Ghana.
This rectangular -shaped goldweight together with  the triangle are some of the basic shapes explored during the post-Islamic period of Akan goldweights.
The use of gold was limited in the past on the African continent, due to the restrictions of Islam. Gold dust was used as exchange up until the time that Europeans introduced their currency; the gold trader's equipment included goldweights, scales, tiny boxes as well as spoons for the gold dust.
Akan goldweights were calibrated and would correspond to a certain weight of the gold dust or gold metal that was being weighed. Calibration was possible in this case by the insertion of copper insets in the holes of the weight, these are not decorative but are rather intentional in order to adjust the ponderal value of the gold being weighed.
Akan culture has two main periods: Early and Late; the Early period is thought to have been from about 1400–1729 AD, with some overlap of the Late period that lasted from approximately 1700-1900 AD.
There is a clear stylistic distinction between the Early and Late periods; geometric weights being the oldest form of goldweight, dating from 1400 AD onwards while figurative weights, representing people, animals, objects etc., first appear around 1600 AD.
Excellent patina with traces of vert-de-gris; cast using the lost-wax process.
NOTE: Similar examples appear in André Blandin's - Afrique de l'ouest - Bronzes et autres alliages (1988)
and in African Goldweights, Miniature Sculptures from Ghana: 1400-1900 – by Tom Phillips (2010) p. 172.


Origin: Akan, Asante ethnic group - GHANA
Age: Post Islamic Period
Materials:
Bronze
Condition details: Good with gold nice patina
Dimensions:1" 5/8 by 1"