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Goldweight with a Geometric Design

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

Trade—especially in gold—contributed to the development of the influential states and kingdoms of the Akan-speaking people of southern Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Before 1900 gold was both an item of trade and the region’s currency. Early weights were mostly geometric and non-representational and were standardized to the Islamic systems of measurement, whereas later ones were sometimes figurative and were made into metric units. Weights using geometric and abstract designs—such as this one, made in the shape of a pyramid— were common from the 15th through the 19th centuries.

–Permanent Collection Object Description

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Asante

Title

Goldweight with a Geometric Design

Origin

Ghana

Date

1800–1975

Medium

Copper alloy

Dimensions

H. 1.1 cm (5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Britt Family Collection

Reference Number

1978.887

Extended information about this artwork

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