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Goldweight (Abrammuo): Embracing Couple Goldweight (Abrammuo): Embracing Couple
19th century 19th century

With just a sliver of space between their faces, this embracing couple appears about to kiss. The metalsmith has dispensed with correct proportions in order to fit their short legs into this compact but expressive composition. While the faces are generic, the distinctive hairstyle and breasts indicate that one of the couple is female. Their arms are deftly intertwined as they reach to rest their hands on each others¿ hips.

When the Akan began making goldweights for use in their currency transactions, they favored geometric or abstract shapes. By the seventeenth century, they had widened their range to include figurative sculptures of humans, animals, birds, plants and objects, although erotic subjects like this example are very rare.

 
Unknown Maker
Akan peoples Akan peoples
Goldweight (Abrammuo): Embracing Couple Goldweight (Abrammuo): Embracing Couple
19th century 19th century
metal alloy metal alloy
height / width / depth: 3.30 x 2.50 x 1.90 cm; 1.30 x .98 x .75 in.
Gift of Justin and Elisabeth Lang, 1984 Gift of Justin and Elisabeth Lang, 1984
M84-486

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