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Asante gold dust box
Asante gold dust box
Asante gold dust box
Asante gold dust box
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Asante gold dust box
Object
Asante gold dust box "abampourouna" - Gold Coast (Ghana)
Ethnic group
Asante/Akan
Origin
Gold Coast (Ghana)
Age
probably 19th century
Provenance
Kegel-Konietzko, Hamburg
Material
Metal alloy
Size
H: 2 cm L: 5 cm
Description
Gold dust spoons of hammered metal.
Such spoons were used by the Akan people in Ghana and other parts of West-Africa. They were used to store gold dust which was used for daily transactions before coins and money replaced them.

Strangely, there is a small feather in the box that may indicate that is was also used for rituals (see 4th photo).

Lit.: African Goldweights - Miniature Sculptures from Ghana 1400-1900 - page 26

Price:   80,00 EUR
Catalogue No.:  21-152
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