The Asante used small weights such as this to measure out specific amounts of gold for centuries. The weights were often decorated with geometric patterns, and were made in Ghana from the 1400s. Their production and use were then banned by the colonial administration in the late 1800s.

Object Summary

Museum Number 68/1994/86
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