The Maratha door stopper resembles the traditional weights used for measurement in ancient India. This type of weight would have been part of the standard weights and measures used by maritime merchants as early has 5,000 BC. The Maratha Empire was part of India and much of the area was coastline. The Maratha were eventually defeated by the British in 1818, which resulted in control of most of India by Great Britain and the British East India Company.
Historical source: Wikipedia