Large set of 27 x pieces of Bronze Peanut or groundnut Goldweight pendants
Peanut gold weight/pendents were made by casting in brass an actual peanut using the "lost wax' process.
The mold would then be broken in the process thereby making this a unique piece.
Made by the Akan people of Ghana probably in the early part of the 19th century. Originally used as weight to measure gold dust.
"There is an old Akan proverb that says " Marriage is like a groundnut. You must crack it open to find out what it contains".
From T. Phillips, AFRICAN GOLDWEIGHTS AND MINIATURE SCULPTURES FROM GHANA, 2010 p.100"
ø 1 cm, length 3-5 cm, total weight 0,5 kg
Due to the production process there are some wholes and rough edges visible. Some residu inside is also visible.