Gold trading weights - Ivory Coast
Antique gold weighing weights used for barter of fabrics, salt, copper, dried figs, livestock in west Africa.
The weights depict both every day objects and sacred animals and are ornamented with geometric motifs symbolising water, fire, earth, time.
Crafted following the "cire perdue" (lost wax) method, a process used in bronze casting.
Price for a set of 8 pieces