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Ashanti Akan- Weight For Gold Dust- Man W/ Pipe And Gourd - Price Reduced 8/2013 For Sale
THIS GOLD WEIGHT DEPICTS A MAN HOLDING PIPE IN HIS RIGHT HAND AND A GOURD ON HIS HEAD WITH THE LEFT. HE MEASURES 2 5/8 INCHES HIGH BY 1 3/4 WIDE, CRAFTED IN THE LOST WAX PROCESS AND COLLECTED MID-CENTURY BY A PEACE CORPS EMPLOYEE.
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Akan goldweightswere used as a measuring system
by theAkan peopleofWest Africa, particularly for weighing gold
dust which wascurrencyuntil
replaced by paper money and coins. They are referred to locally asmrammouand the weights are made of brass and
not gold. Used to weigh gold and merchandise, at first glance the goldweights
look like miniature models of everyday objects. Based on theIslamicounce,
each weight had a known measurement. This provided merchants with secure and
fair-trade arrangements with one another. The status of a man increased
significantly if he owned a complete set of weights. Complete small sets of
weights were gifts to newly wedded men. This insured that he would be able to
enter the merchant trade respectably and successfully. Beyond their practical
application, the weights are miniature representations ofWest Africanculture
items such asadinkra symbols, plants, animals and people.
behind the weights
Scholars use the weights, and the oral traditions
behind the weights, to understand aspects ofAkan culturethat otherwise may have been lost. The
weights represent stories, riddles, and code of conducts that helped guide Akan
peoples in the ways they live their lives. Central to Akan culture is the
concern for equality and justice; it is rich in oral histories on this subject.
Many weights symbolize significant and well-known stories. The weights were
part of the Akan’s cultural reinforcement, expressing personal behavior codes,
beliefs, and values in a medium that was assembled by many people.
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Ashanti Akan- Weight For Gold Dust- Man W/ Pipe And Gourd - Price Reduced 8/2013: $49