The Asante used these copper weights, or mbrammuo, as a standard for weighing out gold and gold dust. While the weights of the objects were standardised, their shape could be simple or complex. This weight was cast as a rectangle with a simple geometric pattern or symbol.

Object Summary

Museum Number 68/1994/115
Simple Name weight
Full Name gold dust weight
Common Name mbrammuo
Production country Ghana
Material copper alloy (cast)
Collection class Currency
Collection continent Africa
Collection area/region W
Production county South Ghana
Production continent Africa
Production year low 1400
Production year high 1900
Cultural group Asante Akan
Function name currency