Akan Ashanti Bronze Gold Dust Spoon


The vast gold fields of West Africa produced great wealth and trade for the Ashanti kingdom, now known as Ghana. Gold dust was the principle means of exchange for several centuries, until replaced by paper money and coins.

The Akan people produced gold dust weighing tools from around 1400-1900's. An entire kit, called a futoo, was assembled to measure out this dust, including spoons, weights and boxes. The futoo would be wrapped together in a cloth and put into a leather container or wooden box, or for the wealthy, a cast brass box. These boxes were full of gold dust and would be hidden in times of trouble or buried with their owners, to be dug up again if needed.

This spoon is created by the lost wax method of metal casting. These metal techniques were introduced to the Akan from Western Sudan. These metal castings are pieces of art in themselves. They are miniature representations of West African culture including Adinkra symbols, animals and people. This beautifully detailed spoon is 7.5 inches long,1.75 inches across the bowl of the spoon. It is almost 2 inches deep and weighs 9 ounces.

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