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Peter Jones: Ashanti


By Peter Jones
April 2006,
A digital story from Shoebox Stories

"This is an Ashanti gold weight, about an inch high. Originally from Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Each gold merchant had a set of weights like this to use in his trading.

They represent ordinary objects and activities, and some illustrate African proverbs.

This one is a man holding a bird in one hand, but in the other is it a pipe, or a knife?

It has been in my family for years, and we think my father brought it back from Egypt after his time in Palestine, during World War I."

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