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Goldweight in the shape of a man

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a man with a large head, tilted slightly backwards, on a thick, heavy neck, and topped by hair or headgear in the shape of a ball; the face has protruding eyes and nose, and the mouth holds a snake-like animal above a small beard (goatee). The figure is wearing a loincloth and holds a short stick under the left arm as well as two small jars in the hands.

Goldweights are small objects cast from brass used to weigh out quantities of gold and gold dust. They are cast using a lost-wax casting technique, wherein wax is sculpted into the desired shape and a mold is pressed around the wax model. Then, the mold is heated and the wax drained out, leaving a void in the shape of the original wax model. Liquid brass is poured into the mold and allowed to set before the caster cracks the mold open and retrieves the finished goldweight.

20th century

1900-1985

1985/2.42

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-1.202/1986_1.202.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a fish

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of an upside-down, U-shaped fish, of unknown species, with a bifurcated tail, a series of small spiraling circles along its spine, a long neck with horizontal incisions and a stylized human head with eyes, nose and mouth.

Possibly 19th century

1900-1985

1986/1.202

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.128/1986_2.128.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a man hoeing

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a man, wearing a loin cloth and wielding a hoe against a large, oval object, sitting on a flat, square base.

20th century

circa 1970

1986/2.128

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.129/1986_2.129.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a Queen's Fan

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a fan: a small, thin handle attached to a flat, spherical form, with a spiraling motif coming out of the center; the attachment of the handle to the circular shape is by way of a semi-circle, decorated with a spiraling motif flowing in the opposite direction.

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.129

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.130/1986_2.130.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a warhorn with human mandibles

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a war horn, with representations of three human jawbones at the mouth of the horn and a cup-shaped mouthpiece.

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.130

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.131/1986_2.131.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of an axe

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of an axe, with a smooth handle attached to a rounded top with an inserted, triangular blade.

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.131

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.132/1986_2.132.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a knife

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a knife, with a short handle set between two protrusions, giving way to a longer blade.

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.132

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.133/1986_2.133.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a coiled rope

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a coiled rope, tied together in the middle.

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.133

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.134/1986_2.134.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a seed pod

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a small ball with a short, slightly curved, angular tail or handle attached to it.

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.134

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.135/1986_2.135.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a geometric clover

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a geometric clover.

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.135

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.136/1986_2.136.JPG

Goldweight with geometric pattern with two spirals

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square, with a geometric pattern of 2 spirals in the center and edged teeth along two sides.

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.136

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.137/1986_2.137.JPG

Goldweight with geometric pattern with XX in center

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square, with a geometric pattern with a double "X" form in the center and edged teeth along two sides.

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.137

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.143/1986_2.143.JPG

Goldweight with geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square base, bearing a geometric pattern derived of the swastika form.

possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.143

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1986-sl-2.144/1986_2.144.JPG

Goldweight with geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Rectangular goldweight with geometric pattern consisting of lines and "edged teeth".

Possibly 20th century

1900-1985

1986/2.144

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.366/1997_1.366.JPG

Goldweight?

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a spiral, possibly broken off at both ends.

Goldweights are small objects cast from brass used to weigh out quantities of gold and gold dust. They are cast using a lost-wax casting technique, wherein wax is sculpted into the desired shape and a mold is pressed around the wax model. Then, the mold is heated and the wax drained out, leaving a void in the shape of the original wax model. Liquid brass is poured into the mold and allowed to set before the caster cracks the mold open and retrieves the finished goldweight.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.366

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.372/1997_1.372.JPG

Goldweight with a geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight with geometric pattern consisting of a double "star" form.

20th century

20th century

1997/1.372

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.380/1997_1.380.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a pyramid

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a step pyramid.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.380

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.382/1997_1.382.JPG

Goldweight in a geometric shape

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a solid rectangle with a geometric pattern of lines and incisions along its four long sides and an incised "X" form on the two short sides.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.382

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.384/1997_1.384.JPG

Goldweight in shape of swastika

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square base, bearing a solid, undecorated swastika form.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.384

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.393/1997_1.393.JPG

Goldweight in a geometric shape

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a geometric figure.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.393

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.394/1997_1.394.JPG

Goldweight with a geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square base, with a geometric pattern on top.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.394

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.402/1997_1.402.JPG

Goldweight with geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square base, with a geometric pattern derived from a swastika form.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.402

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.403/1997_1.403.JPG

Goldweight

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a solid pyramid, with a small piece of rope attached to the hole on top.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.403

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.410/1997_1.410.JPG

Goldweight in a geometric shape

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of four flat cubes with a geometrical pattern consiting of individual "stars", each attached to two other cubes at two of the corners.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.410

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.411/1997_1.411.JPG

Goldweight with a geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square base with a geometric pattern consisting of 3 half circles and 1 spiral in the center and rows of edged teeth on two sides.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.411

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight with a geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a rectangular base bearing three undecorated bars.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.422

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight with a geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a rectangular base bearing a geometric pattern of four shorter bars, attached to a longer bar on top.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.427

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight in a geometric shape

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight with a base in the shape of a pentagon, bearing two undecorated bars.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.440

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.446/1997_1.446.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a cannon

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a cannon.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.446

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.447/1997_1.447.JPG

Goldweight

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a stylized plant, possibly part of a male inflorescence of the oil palm.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.447

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight in the shape of a pyramid with a bird on top

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a step pyramid topped by a bird.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.448

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.449/1997_1.449.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a bird

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a small bird, with a long, thin neck ending in a small head, resting to the side of the body.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.449

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight in the shape of a bird

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a bird, possibly a fowl.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.450

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.451/1997_1.451.JPG

Goldweight

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shapes of two symmetrical protrusions on a flat surface.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.451

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight in the shape of coiled rope

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a twisted rope.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.452

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.453/1997_1.453.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a human figure

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a human figure, kneeling with buttocks on the heels and the hands at the side of the head, wearing elaborate headgear. Evidence of calcification.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.453

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.459/1997_1.459.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a coiled rope

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a coiled rope, tied together in the middle.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.459

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight in the shape of an axe

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a simple axe.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.462

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.465/1997_1.465.JPG

Goldweight in shape of a hen's foot

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a three forked branches with rounded tops, attached to a short stump.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.465

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.468/1997_1.468.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a double-bladed sword

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of an undecorated, double-bladed royal sword.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.468

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.469/1997_1.469.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a fowl's head

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of the head of a chicken.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.469

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.472/1997_1.472.JPG

Goldweight

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Gold weight in the shape of a rectangular form with rounded edges and in the middle two smooth triangular forms protruding outwards and slightly back.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.472

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.473/1997_1.473.JPG

Goldweight in the shape of a knife

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a knife with a curved, rounded tip.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.473

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight with geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square with a geometric pattern with a spiral form in the center and edged teeth along two sides.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.477

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight in a geometric shape

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Semi-circular goldweight with horizontally incised rays.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.478

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.479/1997_1.479.JPG

Goldweight with geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square, with a geometric pattern, consisting of variously sized triangles in the center and edged teeth along two edges.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.479

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.480/1997_1.480.JPG

Goldweight with geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight with a square base bearing a geometric pattern of a solid, undecorated "X" form encased in a solid, undecorated square with two small protrusions in the middle of two of its sides.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.480

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.484/1997_1.484.JPG

Goldweight with geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a square base, with a geometric pattern with an "N" or "Z" form in the center and edged teeth along two sides.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.484

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Goldweight in shape of snake

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a spiral, possibly broken off at both ends.

20th century

20th century

1997/1.485

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown

Full Record: x-1997-sl-1.486/1997_1.486.JPG

Goldweight with geometric pattern

Artist Unknown, African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire

Goldweight in the shape of a rectangular base, with a geometric pattern consisting of rectangular forms in the center and a single undulating line along the two long edges.

20th century

1900-1985

1997/1.486

brass

African, Akan-Speaking Peoples, Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, Artist Unknown