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.


The abura (furnace) in which the molds are heated is a short length of corrugated metal pipe that has been lined with clay. It is perceived as possessing a spirit and is referred to by name as Abura Kofi (lit. the furnace born on a Friday) that must be honored with the pouring of a libation and an offering of a chicken's egg.