Goldweight with a Geometric Design

A work made of copper alloy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copper alloy.

Date:

18th/19th century

Artist:

Asante or related Akan-speaking peoples
Ghana
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

This rectangular brass-cast gold weight is crisscrossed by the swastika form, with two extra horizontal lines added to each of the arms. The designs of gold weights are incredibly diverse—consisting of simple geometric designs in either high or low relief to representational sculptural forms based on items essential to West African life. Gold weights were used to measure gold dust, the local currency in the Akan-speaking regions of southern Ghana and the Ivory Coast between the 15th and the 20th centuries.

–Permanent Collection Object Description

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Arts of Africa

Artist

Asante

Title

Goldweight with a Geometric Design

Origin

Ghana

Date

1700–1899

Medium

Copper alloy

Dimensions

0.6 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm (1/4 x 3/4 x 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gottlieb

Reference Number

1979.3

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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