SpoonArtist(s)AkanArtist NationalityAkan (culture or style)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportbrass Dimensions
5 13/16 in x 1 9/16 in x 1 3/16 in (14.76 cm x 3.97 cm x 3.02 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. James and Vivian CurtisSubject matter
Gold-weights, used by Akan-speaking peoples to measure gold-dust (sika futura
), were not the only tools necessary for conducting transactions. Scales, blow pans, and spoons (called saawa
) were also needed for measuring gold-dust, which was used as currency in some areas of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire until the end of the 19th century. These spoons lifted the gold-dust from a storage box to one side of a scale, the other counterbalanced by a gold-weight.
Cole, Herbert M. and Doran H. Ross. 1977. The Art of Ghana
. Los Angeles: UCLA Museum of Cultural History.
McLeod, Malcolm D. 1981. The Asante.
London: British Museum Publications Ltd.Physical Description
Spoon with a wide, flat two-tiered handle. The lower half of the handle is decorated with three 'bow-tie' designs. The upper portion of the handle is decorated with an animal with a pointed head, a lozenge-shaped body, and a two-pointed tail. Primary Object Classification Decorative Arts Primary Object TypespoonCollection AreaAfricanRights
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measuring device components