This cast copper alloy weight was used on a balance to measure out a quantity of gold dust, a valuable commodity in Ghana. Gold dust was used by the Asante Akan as a currency, for trading and for creating personal ornaments.

Object Summary

Museum Number 68/1994/153
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
Cultural group Asante Akan
Function name currency