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Gold Weight in the form of a trowell-like tool

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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 Originally made from wax moulds, the goldweights were an essential component of business transactions and were used by both the royal treasury and common people.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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Provenance

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

Accession Number

2009.5230

Medium or Technique

Bronze, (copper alloy)

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture