Reproduction Gold Weight
|Artifact Identification||Reproduction Gold Weight (1969.05.0001)|
|Classification||Science & Technology T&E : Weights & Measures T&E : N/A|
|Geographic Location||Africa, West, Ghana|
|Period/Date||Independence, Mid 20th century|
|Culture||Asante, Ashanti, Akan|
|Location||On Exhibitin the Africa exhibit|
|Dimension 1 (Length)||2.6 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Width)||2.0 cm|
|Dimension 3 (Depth)||1.4 cm|
|Munsell Color Information||Light Olive Brown (2.5 Y 5/4) -ns|
WEIGHING THE GOLD: The gold weights of the Ashanti were part of the international trade routes. The gold rich Ashanti used these weights, made of wood, seeds or metal, to weigh gold dust for domestic and foreign trade for commodities like salt. Gold weights were a part of every businessman's equipment. (21) Geometric gold weights came in many sizes to weigh out precise measures of gold. Brass. 69.5.1, 6-11.
Cole, Herbert M. and Doran H. Ross. The Arts of Ghana. Los Angeles: University of California, 1977. de Kolb, Eric. Ashanti Goldweights.Gallery d’Hautbarr. New York, NY: 1968.
|Credit Line/Dedication||Gift of Oscar H. Dodson|