Weight, Human Form


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Artifact Identification Weight, Human Form   (1971.04.0010)
  1. Science & Technology T&E
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  3. Weights & Measures T&E
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Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Nationalist, 1950
Culture Asante, Ashanti, Akan

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 4.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 2.2 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 2 cm
Weight 14.3 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Metal--Brass
Manufacturing Processes Cast
Munsell Color Information Light Olive Brown (2.5 Y 5/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

See 1971.04.0002. 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. (22) Figurative weights, often refer to parables. Brass. 69.2.6; 71.4.6, 7, 10.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Cole, Herbert M. and Doran H. Ross. The Arts of Ghana. Los Angeles: University of California, 1977.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Purchase
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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