Gold-weightArtist(s)AkanArtist NationalityAkan (culture or style)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & SupportbrassDimensions
1 9/16 in x 3/16 in x 1/4 in (3.9 cm x 0.5 cm x 0.7 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. James and Vivian CurtisSubject matter
Gold-weight in a comb-like geometric design. See: T. Phillips, African Goldweights: Miniature Sculptures from Ghana 1400-1900, pp.87-88
Geometric gold-weights often bear decorations and symbols similar to designs in other media created by Akan-speaking peoples, such as stamped cloth (adinkra).
Similar patterns on different media show the relationship between form, ornamentation, and function. For example, adampan
, the open-fronted verandas that were used to conduct business, link gold-weights and wall murals to a shared economic transactional context.
Sheales, Fiona, African Goldweights, London, BMP, 2014Physical Description
Gold-weight in the shape of a rectangular bar with a shallow dip on the front surrounded by small engraved vertical lines.Primary Object Classification Metalwork Primary Object TypegoldweightCollection AreaAfricanRights
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