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Akan/Asante Scale Iron Africa

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Title Akan/Asante Scale Iron Africa
Type of Object Pan Scale
Country of Origin Ghana
People Akan/Asante
Materials Iron
Approximate Age Unknown
Height (in) 10
Width (in) 7.25
Depth (in) 5.5
Dimensions Height: 10 Inches
Width: 7.25 Inches
Depth: 5.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Rusted surface

Additional Information: Probably one the the pans from a scale used to weight gold.

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 on the containers 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.

Recommended Reading: Plass's AFRICAN MINIATURES-GOLDWEIGHTS OF THE ASHANTI.