Gold-weightArtist(s)AkanArtist NationalityAkan (culture or style)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & SupportbrassDimensions
1 in x 15/16 in x 5/16 in (2.5 cm x 2.3 cm x 0.8 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. James and Vivian CurtisSubject 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.
Sheales, Fiona, African Goldweights, London, BMP, 2014Physical Description
Gold-weight in a square shape with raised nested chevrons.Primary Object Classification Metalwork Primary Object TypegoldweightCollection AreaAfricanRights
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