Goldweight Depicting a Drum

A work made of copper alloy.

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  • A work made of copper alloy.

Date:

19th/mid–20th century

Artist:

Asante or related Akan-speaking peoples
Ghana
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Brass-cast weights like this one were produced using the lost-wax technique and used for economic transactions that involved gold. The Akan and Akan-related people traded gold with Islamized merchants from the West African interior and North Africa prior to the arrival of Europeans. Akan artists employed both abstract symbols and figural motifs in these miniature brass castings. It is generally accepted that the designs were intended to communicate a personal or collective meaning. This gold weight is in the shape of a drum and is part of a genre of such objects relating to items of everyday life—furniture, cooking ware, weapons, tools, musical instruments, and accoutrements of leadership.

–Permanent Collection Object Description

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Arts of Africa

Artist

Asante

Title

Goldweight Depicting a Drum

Origin

Ghana

Date

1800–1975

Medium

Copper alloy

Dimensions

2.9 x 1.9 x 2.1 cm (5/16 x 7/8 x 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Britt Family Collection

Reference Number

1978.884

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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