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 a piece of recycled Chinese porcelain, which was last used in the gold dust trade in the 19th century. Very early examples of Chinese porcelain has been excavated in eastern Africa, which highlights the continent’s early trading connections to Asia.

Donor unknown

L.11 x W. 10 mm

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
68/1994/61
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 dust weight (mrammuo)