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Gold-weight

Accession Number
1997/1.368

Title
Gold-weight

Artist(s)
Akan

Artist Nationality
Akan (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
brass

Dimensions
1 in x 15/16 in x 5/16 in (2.5 cm x 2.3 cm x 0.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis

Subject matter
Geometric gold-weight with a stylized leaf design, possibly an aya (fern) leaf (cf. British Museum object number Af1982,09.111). When pronounced in the Twi language with a slightly different tone, the word ya, meaning abuse, is produced. From such word play, this pattern symbolizes that those conducting business with someone of authority should speak politely. 
See: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/online_research_catalogues/agw/african_gold-weights.aspx
Sheales, Fiona, African Goldweights, London, BMP, 2014

Physical Description
Gold-weight in a square shape with raised nested chevrons.

Primary Object Classification
Metalwork

Primary Object Type
goldweight

Collection Area
African

Rights
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goldweights
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measuring devices (instruments)
miniature (size attribute)

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