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Akan Brass Casting

by Raymond Silverman
University of Michigan

Brass vessel, Kuruwa, Nsoko, Ghana. Photo by Raymond Silverman.


This vessel is part of a group brass objects collectively known as nkuruwa (lit., cups). Unlike Ayaa Kenten, this group of brass objects is associated with traditions of origin for the people of Nsoko. It is said that they were carried by the original ancestors of Nsoko when they emerged from the hole located near the ancient town of Bighu. The Arabic inscription on the basin indicates that it was originally made for a secretary working at the court of the Mamluk Sultan al-Zahir Jaqmaq who ruled from 1438 to 1453.