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Spoon for Gold Dust

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Among the Akan speaking peoples of present-day Ghana, gold was both an essential commodity and a symbol of prestige. Gold was believed to have special powers and was included in human burials and protective medicines. This spoon, used for placing gold dust on a scale to be weighed, would have...

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Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Ghana, Akan peoples, 20th century

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Overall: 11.6 x 3.7 cm (4 9/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

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Africa and Oceania