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Ashanti gold weight in the shape of a sword

CULT Ashanti probably C19th or C20th Gold Coast
Ghana Elaborate handle featuring two spheres and zoomorphic turtle, also rope banding around edge of blade. This weight may been intended to represent the Akafena, a ceremonial sword which was used by the Ashanti during the Stool Blackening ceremony. The sword was traditionally a symbol of bravery and heroism; it may also be representative of an Ash…