A set of three Asante gold weights depicting gruesome figures heavy with symbolism of danger and warning. Made using the cold wax method from bronze in the late 19th century. The Asante tribe are part of the Akan Tribe of Ghana on the gold coast of West Africa. These weights were made to an exact weight for measuring out gold dust which was the currency at the time. Sizes 5.5cm x 5cm. 4.5cm x 4cm . 4.5cm x 3.5cm.
A set of three Asante gold weights.
The Asante gold weights often depicted proverbs and symbols. One proverb is ‘When a fool is squandering his gold dust, he says his scales are out of order’.