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.

 

Roughly ninety minutes after the furnace is lit, the flames turn green, an indication that the pieces of brass have melted. Using a pair of daa sosomu (large forceps) Osei Kojo removes the molds from the furnace and quickly inverts them so that the molten brass runs into the cavities left by the vaporized wax models. He leans the hot molds against a concrete wall to cool.