Gold Dust Ashanti Spoon

Decorative Accessory

Gold Dust Ashanti Spoon

Decorative Accessory

approx 8-10" L
Vintage
Ghana
$58 Sale

Prior to the advent of coinage and money, West African communities _ especially the Ashanti and Akan... READ MORE

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Provenance

Vintage
Ghana

Prior to the advent of coinage and money, West African communities _ especially the Ashanti and Akan tribes _ used gold dust as currency when trading with European coastal merchants and Islamic dealers from the North. Historically, this antique Bronze spoon served as an important tool in moving gold dust to the scale for measuring. It was created in the lost wax casting method. In this tradition, a rough clay core is molded and then covered by a layer of bee's wax. The wax is carved and shaped into the desired design, then covered with more clay. Next, the mold is baked to melt and drain the wax, leaving an empty space between the inner and outer clay layers. Molten metal is carefully poured into the chamber, hardening to create the final shape. Finally, the outer layer of clay is chipped off, revealing the metal within.

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The spoon is made from bronze. Due to their handmade nature, the dimensions of the spoons vary slightly from 8" - 10" in length.

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*Please note that as unique, handmade art, no two pieces are ever exactly the same and color varies across monitors. Our website photos are a close representation of this work, but may not be identical to the piece you receive.

Provenance

Prior to the advent of coinage and money, West African communities _ especially the Ashanti and Akan tribes _ used gold dust as currency when trading with European coastal merchants and Islamic dealers from the North. Historically, this antique Bronze spoon served as an important tool in moving gold dust to the scale for measuring. It was created in the lost wax casting method. In this tradition, a rough clay core is molded and then covered by a layer of bee's wax. The wax is carved and shaped into the desired design, then covered with more clay. Next, the mold is baked to melt and drain the wax, leaving an empty space between the inner and outer clay layers. Molten metal is carefully poured into the chamber, hardening to create the final shape. Finally, the outer layer of clay is chipped off, revealing the metal within.