For centuries, merchants used these copper alloy weights as a standard for weighing gold dust when trading. The weights were made using the ‘lost wax technique’ of casting metal. While the weight of the objects were standardised, their shape and decoration varied.

Object Summary

Museum Number 68/1994/176
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