|Artifact Identification||Gold Weight (1969.05.0007)|
|Period/Date||Nationalist, Mid 20th century|
|Culture||Asante, Ashanti, Akan|
|Dimension 1 (Length)||1.3 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Width)||0.7 cm|
|Dimension 3 (Depth)||0.7 cm|
|Munsell Color Information||Dark Olive Brown (2.5 Y 2/2) -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|