Ethnic Gold Weight Ashanti Figure
This figure is in a excellent condition and is holding a shield of some sort. Akan goldweights were used as a measuring system by the Akan/Ashanti people of West-Africa. The gold weights were used to weigh gold dust which was used as currency before money and coins were invented. Each goldweight has a known measurement and weight, based on the Islamic ounce. Locally they are known as mrammou, and the weights are made of brass. Traditionally a small set of gold weights were given to a newly wedded man. The status and respect of a man will also increase if he would possess a complete set of gold weights.
Provenance: Private collection
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