Important and rare Akan weight to be weighed in gold adorned with 3 swastikas / Ivory Coast / 1st half of the 20th century

20th century
Arts Premiers
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From: 38090, Villefontaine, France

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    Exceptional and rare Akan weight to weigh gold. Three right-facing swastikas are surmounted by two parallel lines, the outer right edge likewise presenting two long vertical lines. Each of the geometric signs refer to a unit of weight having a very specific value: the 'Ba' and the 'Takou'. The exceptional size and mass of this weight informs us of the fact that it was used on rare occasions, either for the evaluation of wealth, or for the payment of collective fines imposed on the village by certain great chiefs.

    In Côte d'Ivoire in the countries of Agni, Akan, and Baoulé, transactions were made using gold powder and nuggets. Buyers and sellers then verified the quantities of gold with their personal weights, each transaction requiring a double weighing. For the geometric weights, the weight system then used included 7 series with geometric progressions. At the base of this weight system is found the seed of the Abrus Precatorius serving as a standard. The unit, the 'Ba' represents the weight of two of these seeds and the 'Takou' three seeds, the progression of the weights is then arithmetic.

    Dimensions: 3.5 x 6.5 cm
    Weight: 263 g
    Provenance: Former Nicaud gallery - Paris

    Ref: HNC2SZH8R3

    Style Arts Premiers
    Century 20th century
    Materials Bronze
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 1 Business Day
    Location 38090, Villefontaine, France

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