Akan/ Ashanti goldweights are sometimes referred to as "Tales in Bronze". The weights were made of brass, bronze and copper used to weight gold and merchandise. Based on the islamic ounce, each weight had a known measurement, this provided merchants with a secure and fair trade arrangements with one another. The status of a man increased significantly if he owned a complete set of weights.
Many of the largest museums in the USA and Europe have sizable collections of goldweights.
This is an impressive group of 26 old (19thC) Akan gold measuring weights. Made by lost wax technique, including geometric forms, various ornamental decor, swastika's etc….
Measurements: 1 - 3 cm long / 0.4 - 1.2 inch.
Condition: gorgeous soft and very well used darkened patina, the edges are smooth throughout, minor irregularities such as: wear, chips, dents, oxidation.
Price together € 750,- Special offer: € 375,-