Nice set of Gold weights (18) - Bronze and Lead - Akan Ashanti - Ghana

Description
Nice set of Gold weights (18) - Bronze and Lead - Akan Ashanti - Ghana
16th - 18th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Beautiful selection of old and original geometric gold weights. A number of them have been brought up to weight with lead and sometimes a piece has been removed to reduce the weight (calibration). The largest is 72 mm and the smallest 8 mm. The heaviest weighs 60 grams, the least heavy one weighs 1 gram. Nice patina of old age.

The Ashanti owe their rise and wealth to the exploitation of enormous gold sources.
Until the beginning of the 18th century, gold dust was the only means of exchange for the Ashanti. These were used until late 19th century. Each merchant had his own weights, storage boxes, spoons and scale. The quantity depended on his position and prosperity.
The appearance of the weights are made in two different periods. The geometric form s were made between 1400 and 1729, the figurative ones between 1700 and 1900. (T. Garrard).

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Lot details
Total nr of items
18
Object
Nice set of Gold weights
Ethnic group/ culture
Akan Ashanti
Region/ country
Ghana
Material
Bronze and Lead
Period
16th - 18th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
72×16×2.3 mm
Weight
270 g
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