MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Bronze Goldweight, Turtle
Object Name:
Figure, Goldweight, Bronze
Other Name:
Goldweight, Bronze, Turtle
Place of Origin:
Asante, Ghana, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 1"
W = 2"
D = 2—3/4"

The extent of the gold trade among the Akan people encouraged the use of brass and bronze gold—weights which are cast using the "lost—wax" process and have geometric or figurative shapes. Western scholars have identified two major periods of gold—weight production.
The first period dates from 1400 to 1720 and is thought to have been the result of influence of traders from the Mali empire. These weights are thick and usually geometrically shaped. Figurative weights are rare. They are large in size (7—10 cm.) and usually lack detail.
Weights produced during the second period date from 1720 to 1930. They are either geometric or figurative and show a greater variety of shape and detail. For example, animals, proverbs, or more simply, people doing everyday activities, have been represented.

Bacquart, P. 33

Lost wax cast, bronze goldweight. Turtle figure. Long neck with triangular—shaped head, two large round protruding eyes atop back of head. Four short stubby legs with round feet. Short stubby tail. Twelve round knobs, on top of upper and side areas of shell. Horizontal and vertical lines forming square and triangular shapes, on top of entire shell area. Multi—colored oxidation over entire surface. From white to light green, to a tannish brown color.
Finley Collection
Ritually Used
Lost Wax Cast
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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