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Ashanti gold weight in the shape of a fly whisk.

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 weights were usually made using the 'lost wax method', in which the goldsmith made a beeswax model of the weight and covered it with thin layers of clay, brushed on with a f…