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Akan/Ashanti goldweight figures were used as a measuring system by the Akan tribes of West-Africa. The gold weights were used to weigh gold dust which was used as currency before money and coins were invented. Locally they are known as mrammou, and the weights are made of brass. Traditionally a small set of gold weights were given to a newly wedded man. The status and respect of a man will also increase if he would possess a complete set of gold weights.
Provenance: Private collection. F.d.G in NL / Tribal Art Treasures
- 20th century
- Origin: West-Africa
- Excellent condition
- Ethnic group: Ashanti/Akan
- Materials: Brass, lost wax casting
- Weight: 102 grams
- Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 13 cm
- Amount (in stock): 1
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