Asante Kuduo, Ghana


Asante Kuduo, Ghana, bronze, 23"x13".

Asant Kuduos were used in a variety of ritual contexts by the Akan people of whom the Asante are a sub-group until the early 20th century. The bronze containers known as Kuduos were primarily made for storing precious items such as gold dust, special beads and pendants. For the Akan gold was associated with the soul. Often the container and its contents were buried along with the person to which they were associated.

Geometric patterns on the container suggest an Islamic influence from Egypt or the Middle East in the 14th-15th centuries. Figure and animal motifs are characteristic o Asante art and usually refer to proverbs and didactic or mythic stories. This particular Kuduo's motif of an old man with pipe and turtle speaks of wisdom.

Kuduos are generally not made for the collecting market and predate colonial influence. This Kuduo is believed to be from the late 18th to early 19th century. Some small holes otherwise in good condition.

  • Model: AA23
  • Shipping Weight: 21lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 28 January, 2014.

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