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    DescriptionOver 600 years ago, the Akan started to make brass weights for weighing gold dust, the currency of their region in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Eventually they produced the most complete three dimensional inventory of any culture in history. Virtually every animal, bird, fish or object known to them became the subject of a miniature sculpture. Human figures are represented in the activities of everyday life and sacred or courtly rituals, together with pioneer casts from nature and a wealth of abstract and ornamental designs. The artist Tom Phillips has, in the last thirty years, built up the worlds most comprehensive collection of these lively and imaginative artefacts and here presents a selection of more than 500 chosen for their artistry and interest, accompanied by a full descriptive text about their history, styles and modes of manufacture.

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    African Gold Weights
    Miniature Sculptures from Ghana 1400 - 1900
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Phillips
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 188
    Width: 230 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 1,238 g
    ISBN 13: 9780500976968
    ISBN 10: 0500976961

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1H
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WAFRIC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 41
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 09
    BIC subject category V2: AFT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 76
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001050
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15890
    BIC subject category V2: 1H
    BISAC V2.8: ART015010, SCI068000
    DC22: 730.9667
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: ANT053000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 739.52, 739.5/2
    LC classification: NK7889.6.G5 P45 2010
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: AFT
    Illustrations note
    250 illustrations, 248 in colour
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    01 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    A significant trove of whimsical and artistic miniature sculptures. Of interest to most collectors, this book will especially delight aficionados of African art and folk art.