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.


Here, six of the molds have been placed in the furnace, the cups holding the pieces of brass set down in the coals. The white ovoid form is the egg that has been placed on a small knob projecting from the rim of the furnace, which is referred to as abura ti (the head of the furnace). The afa (bellows ) used to fan the fire may be seen in the upper left hand corner of the photo.