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Gold Weight in the form of a stool with five legs and small snakes on each

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Asante goldweights were used to counterbalance scales for the purpose of weighing gold. Originally made from wax moulds, the goldweights were an essential component of business transactions and were used by both the royal treasury and common people. Among the goldweights, there is a dynamic...

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Early 1990s, sold by Christie's, London to George Abrams, Waban, MA; 2009, gift of Abrams to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of George Abrams in memory of Maida Abrams

African, Ghana, Asante peoples, early to mid-20th century


Lender Accessory: 1.3 x 3.8 x 1.9 cm (1/2 x 1 1/2 x 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bronze, (copper alloy)


Africa and Oceania