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Akan Asante Brass Leaning Figure Ghana Africa

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Title Akan Asante Brass Leaning Figure Ghana Africa
Country of Origin Ghana
People likely Akan/Asante
Materials brass
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 7 Inches
Width: 6.5 Inches
Depth: 9.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair casting flaws, scrapes, dirt and stains. some holes, tarnished surfaces

Additional Information:  A charming figure leaning on the floor.  There is a bowl sitting on the floor next t oher.  Her body is decorated with patterns and embelishments that suggest the hand of an Akan artist.  

From the earlier 15th century to the end of the nineteenth century, gold (sika) was the currency of the Asante, Fante, Baule and other Akan peoples of Ghana. They developed a complex system of weighting gold dust using various tools including the equipment like this. Used in trade with European merchants along the Ivory Coast or Islamic traders from the north, gold dust was melt and measured on  containers and spoons such as this. These were among the most essential equipment sellers had in their bag and used in every transaction. Cast in the ‘lost-wax’ technique these spoons served to facilitate moving the gold dust to the scale.The gold dust was measured onto the scale and the spoon served to adjust the amount of the gold dust being sold.