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Ashanti gold weight in the shape of a tiny five stepped pyramid.

CULT Ashanti probably C18th or C19th Gold Coast Ghana The weights were used to measure out specific quantities of gold and gold dust, the local currency, which was mined and panned in great quantities within the kingdom.
The pyramid is a frequently occurring motif in Ashanti art and is thought to represent the platforms which would have been outside a chief's house.
The weights were usually ma…