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Akan Brass Goldweight (Abrammuo) in the Form of a Leopard - SP.104 (LSO)
Origin: Ghana
Circa: 19 th Century AD

Collection: African
Medium: Brass

Location: United States
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This charming zoomorphic sculpture is a gold- weight made by the Akan peoples of what was once appositely named the Gold Coast – now Ghana. The Akan are a loose assemblage of tribes that share general cultural trends while maintaining separate tribal identities. Their society is highly ritualised, with a main deity, and a host of lesser gods that are connected with the natural world. The society is ruled by Asantahenes, and a host of minor chiefs. The Akan attracted colonial attention from Europeans, then Islamic groups, due to the long history of gold mining and working in the area, which has been taking place for at least 600 years. The Akan consider gold to be the embodiment of sunlight and a physical manifestation of life’s vital force, or “kra”. It underpins the economy, and is used for the manufacture of royal regalia and many aspects of elite life. Weights such as this were used to weigh and trade gold with caravans that came to the area. - (SP.104 (LSO))


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