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BMA Voices: Gold Dust Weights with swastikas

Artist Unidentified. Akan region (Ghana or Ivory Coast). Gold Dust Weight (Abrammuo). 1500-1720. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Alan Wurtzburger, BMA 1954.145.31h

Artist Unidentified. Akan region (Ghana or Ivory Coast). Gold Dust Weight (Abrammuo). 1500-1720. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Alan Wurtzburger, BMA 1954.145.31h

The BMA is leaving 25 gold dust weights out of the BMA’s African Reinstallation because they have swastikas on them. Aden Weisel, Curatorial Assistant of Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia & the Pacific Islands, discusses this symbol and its cross-cultural role.

Mixed iconography goldweights: 1954.145.31c-g, j, m, q-t

Mixed iconography goldweights: 1954.145.31c-g, j, m, q-t

BMA Voices is an insider’s exploration of The Baltimore Museum of Art collection through the eyes of its curators, conservators, and registrars. Featuring a new object every day during the BMA’s 100 Day Celebration, the project will highlight some favorite, amusing, unusual, and obscure objects.