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Vessel Lid


Artist Nationality
Akan (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
19th century

Medium & Support

10 5/8 in x 9 7/16 in x 7 1/2 in (27 cm x 24 cm x 19 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich

Subject matter
Kuduo, cast brass vessels created by Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, have been made in various forms ranging from simple open vessels to those with intricately decorated lids. These vessels were used in a variety of ways that connected them to their owner's kra, often translated as 'soul' or 'spirit'. Often owned by elite individuals in the community, kuduo were also used to hold important items like precious beads, gold nuggets, and gold-dust. Upon the death of an imporant person, their kuduo was sometimes buried with them. Some vessels were also placed with blackened ancestral stools, where offerings of food and drink were made.

References Cited:
McLeod, Malcolm D. 1981. The Asante. London: British Museum Publications Ltd.

Physical Description
A circular cast metal vessel lid with a figural scene on top. Two seated male figures face each other, while both hold staffs and one wears a type of headdress. Between the figures sits a snake and a bowl. The top of the lid is also decorated with an axe, a crocodile or turtle, and spiral designs. 

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