This brass weight, made for weighing gold, is just 6.7 cm in width. It shows a common Ghanaian motif which encapsulates a proverb about crocodiles fighting even though they share one stomach. The two-headed crocodile can represent conflict and greed, particularly in the family. This motif also indicates cooperation and interdependence.
- Article by:
- Dr Marion Wallace, Dr Janet Topp Fargion
West Africa is a place of great diversity – in language, in writing, in the hugely varied means of recording information and passing it on.