About this artwork
Weights for measuring gold dust were made and used throughout Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire for more than five centuries, from about 1400 to 1900. These weights are either figurative or abstract and are usually divided into an early period (c. 1400–1700) and a late period (c. 1700–1900). During the late period, an increased variety and number of figurative and abstract weights emerged, although abstract weights continued to be the most common.
This gold weight is almost a perfect square and displays a gridded diagonal pattern across its surface. In addition to gold weights, other apparatuses used in the time-consuming process of weighing gold included scales, spoons, shovels, storage boxes, and brushes.
—Permanent Collection Object Description
Currently Off View
- Arts of Africa
- Goldweight with a Geometric Pattern
- Copper alloy
- 0.3 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm (1/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman