Akan Brass Casting

by Raymond Silverman
University of Michigan

GhanaAkan peoples

Forowa (container)

Brass 

H. 28.1 cm (11 1/16")

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Gift of Doran H. Ross, X82.884a, b

The kuduo, in turn, seems to have inspired another Akan container tradition that was, in effect, a response to the importation of sheet brass from Europe during the 18th century. This is the forowa (pl. mforowa), a lidded box that most often takes a cylindrical form but occasionally is rectangular.