africa ghana ashanti flute musician
African Ghana Akan asante ashanti gold weight bronze statue of a flute musician
Goldweights were used in Akan cultures, such as Asante (Ashanti), who
live predominantly in what is today the country of Ghana (Africa).
The weights were used to measure gold dust which was the currency in the gold rich Akan region until the end of the 19th century.
The gold weights often depicted animals, birds, everyday objects and figures which frequently represented proverbs, very popular among the Akan cultures.
Goldweights were traditionally produced using the lost wax casting method, using a modeled beeswax, covered in clay slip then coarse clay. The beeswax would be melted in a furnace and poured out, leaving a mold that molten metal was poured into. Has some age ,mounted on the wooden base.
Dimensions: Statue 6.5cmx 6cmx 3cm Wooden base : 6.75cmx 6.75cmx 2cm