Akan Leadership Arts

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Dwete kuduo surrounded by sword-bearers, Asante peoples, Kumase, Ghana, 1995. Photo by Frank Fournier.

 

The dwete kuduo is actually a silver casket sitting on top of a brass kuduo; for more information, see the essay by Raymond Silverman. It immediately precedes the Asantehene in most processions. The casket is said to contain gold dust, and it is the last item of regalia transferred to the Asantehene when he is installed. When the Asantehene is seated in state, the dwete kuduo is typically at his right.