Very old gold weights (20) - Bronze Lead and a trace of Gold - Abrammuo - Akan Ashanti - Ghana

Description
Very old gold weights (20) - Bronze Lead and a trace of Gold - Abrammuo - Akan Ashanti - Ghana
15th - 17th centuries - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

A very rare selection of the most ancient geometric gold weights. This type was first created around 1400. These weights are difficult to date, though based on the significant wear, the deep patina and the simple shapes, it is reasonable to assume that these are among the most oldest ones.

The first weight, in the upper left, has traces of gold,
Some have been brought to weight by adding lead and sometimes a corner is taken off to reduce the weight (calibrated). The largest one is 21 mm and the smallest 12 mm. The heaviest is 12 grams; the lightest is 3 grams.

The appearance of the weights are made in two different periods. The geometric forms were made between 1400 and 1729, the figurative ones between 1700 and 1900. (T. Garrard)

Will be sent by registered mail.

Lot details
Total nr of items
20
Object
Very old gold weights
Indigenous object name
Abrammuo
Ethnic group/ culture
Akan Ashanti
Region/ country
Ghana
Material
Bronze Lead and a trace of Gold
Period
15th - 17th centuries
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
21×21×3 mm
Weight
183 g
Not registered yet?
By creating your free Catawiki account, you’ll be able to bid on any of our 50,000 special objects up for auction every week.
or Sign in