Weight to weigh Gold powder (Ahsnti, Ghana)
Exceptional because of its size, its patina, the profusion of details and the refinement of its craftsmanship.
This type of figurative spring scale representing a hunting scene is rare.
The hunter armed with a machete, is ready to kill a gazelle, eating the grazes.
Akan weights of very varied forms, used to weigh gold powder, were used as currency, from the 15th century until approximately the early 20th century. The latter were used by the Akan and related groups, in Ghana and in Ivory Coast.
These weights do not only have a weight function. Whether their decorative motifs are abstract or figurative, both have meanings.
- exceptional Weight to weigh the Ashanti Gold powder
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- Sold with stand
- 6×7×6 cm