Mbrammuo

Asante merchants used these copper alloy weights as a standard for weighing gold when trading. While the weights of these objects were standardised, their shape varied, and could be simple or complex.

This example is ancient micro lithic that’s been recycled and used as a weight to weigh gold dust. Last used in this trade in the 19th century.

Donor unknown

L. 15 x W. 9 mm

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
68/1994/57
Category
Ethnography
Collection Class
Currency
Collection Area Region
W
Material
copper alloy (cast)
Common Name
mbrammuo
Simple Name
weight
Production County
South Ghana
Production Country
Ghana
Production Year Low
1400
Production Year High
1900

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gold-weight (mrammuo)