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.


After roughly twenty minutes, Osei Kojo breaks the molds open and removes the cups that once held the piece of brass. One can see the puddle of hardened excess brass that has formed above the chamber in which the brass casting is still invested.