Akan Brass Casting

by Raymond Silverman
University of Michigan

Cire perdue (lost-wax) brass casting, Buoyem, Brong Ahafo, Ghana, April 1980. Photo by Raymond Silverman.


Osei Kojo, using a poultry feather, brushes slip made of powdered charcoal, clay, and water on the wax model. He painstakingly invests the model with this mixture, layer by layer, and in so doing builds the mold around the model. The palm leaves offer a stick-free surface on which to work. After applying several layers of the slip, Osei Kojo begins applying layers of clay, and finally a thick layer of clay mixed with dried grass.