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Name/Title Ashanti weight
Primary Maker Maker, Unknown
Classification Weights & Measures T&E/05 Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology/Nomenclature
Department Ethnology
Brief Description A flat piece of metal in the shape of a diamond is connected at one of its points to a metal ring. The remaining three points have a small notch at each end. A linear pattern is etched on the edges around the diamond, while a cross decorates the centre on both sides.

Used by the Ashanti tribe to weigh gold dust. The weights usually have proverbial expressions connected with them.
Measurements 58 x 38 x 5mm - HxWxD [verified]
Media/Materials Brass.
Production Place Nigeria
Ghana
Generic Origin West African/African
Collection Ethnology
Accession Date 1972
Credit Line Collection Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Accession No 1972/118/64
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