Description:

On offer from our personal collection is this charming bronze/brass figural lidded container from the Ashanti peoples of Ghana. The Ashanti are known for their skilled & imaginative metalwork, & are prolific in their production of objects known as "gold weights" & various metal boxes, including a variety of lidded container known as a kuduo.

Cast using the lost wax methold, the container presents a musical figure atop its lid, playing a flute-like instrument. The caryatid base of the piece features 3 figures, their arms upraised supporting the bowl-shaped vessel above their heads. The lid is liberally decorated, primarily with patterns of raised concentric circles & half-circles. The outer sidewall of the bowl bears a raised zig-zag motif, with a strand of "rope" encircling the bowl's circumference.

Despite some casting imperfections, including a split in the bottom ring that was successfully rejoined & one separation (the restorations appear to have been done at the time of the original casting), plus a couple of thin-lined fractures on the lid (which produced a few minor pin-holes), this inspired sculpture is in very good overall condition. Wonderful verdigris patina, with oxidation present inside & out. Beautiful display.


Materials:
metal ~ bronze/brass alloy

Approximate dimensions:
8.25" H x 4.75" W x 4.75" D

Estimated age:
mid-20th century

Total shipping weight:
ca. 8-lbs.

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Item offered:

Ashanti Bronze/Brass
Figural Lidded Container
with Caryatid Base
(Ghana)


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