Crocodile gold weight


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.

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Gold weight showing a crocodile with two heads and one stomach
18th-20th century
Brass sculpture
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© British Museum. Donated by T R O Mangin
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British Museum Af1922,1027.440

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