Goldweight with geometric pattern consisting of a double "star" form.
From about 1400 to 1900, Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire used small, portable weights for measuring gold dust. At first, the gold weights were primarily geometric, while figurative weights became popular from the 18th century onwards. According to some scholars, this Akan goldweight represents a double 8-rayed star, which might be the symbol for the planet Venus, locally known as "Afi". The star is composed of two crosses, one representing the male element and the other the female element-- together they show that the union of male and female elements is necessary for procreation.
A square, leather purse with tassels hanging off the bottom. A triangle is sewed onto the top of the bag. The leather of the purse is brown, but is also decorated with purple, yellow, and green stripes.