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Ashanti gold weight in the shape of the framework of a shield

Marked E.1977.6/74 CULT Ashanti probably C19th or C20th Gold Coast Ghana This bronze weight is in the shape of a framework of a shield featuring 5 bells. This image probably relates to the belief in Ashanti culture that "When a shield is worn away a frame still remains", meaning when a man dies his words and deeds live on.
The weights were used to measure out specific quantities of gold and gold …