West Africa, Ghana. Brass, mounted on a wooden base. 9 different weights in the shape of animals. H. 2-5 cm. - The Akan gold weights in endless variety have been used for 5 centuries(from 1400 to 1900) for weighing gold dust. - Literature: Exhib. cat.: Afrika - Die Kunst eines Kontinents, 1996. p. 21 (following) and 442 (following).