This brass container was made by the old Akan people called Asante of Ghana (Gold Coast) in West Africa. These vessels were originally used to store precious objects (gold dust nuggets, beads, pendants). It also served the symbolic purpose of safeguarding the owner's 'Kra' or Life Force. These vessels played an important role in religious ceremonies and were placed in the owner's final burial site. The Kuduo's lid shows scenes usually relating to Akan Proverbs. This vessel's lid shows a village scene with the king seated under the umbrella supported by an elder. Five other figures are playing an African bead game called Owari. The entire sculpture is supported by a flaring foot ring and was made in Ghana in the mid-20th Century. Size: ~ 10" H x 5"
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