Gold-weightArtist(s)AkanArtist NationalityAkan (culture or style)Object Creation Date19th centuryMedium & SupportbronzeDimensions
2 3/8 in x 1/2 in x 13/16 in (6 cm x 1.2 cm x 2 cm)Credit LineMuseum PurchaseSubject matter
Figurative gold-weight in the form of what may be an antelope, called adowa
in Twi (cf. Sheales, African Goldweights, 2014). A related proverb states: 'Not all the forest hates the antelope', which can be used to console someone after an argument, by encouraging them to persevere (cf. Garrard, Akan Weights and the Gold Trade, 1980, p. 206). Another associated proverb states: 'When the antelope is unhappy, it is the hunter who is the cause’ (cf. British Museum object number Af1956,27.152). Physical Description
Gold-weight in an oblong shape with a head, eyes, and a tail. Primary Object Classification Metalwork Primary Object TypegoldweightCollection AreaAfricanRights
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