An Akan Kuduo vessel

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An Akan Kuduo vessel, surmounted by a headstake with bulging slit-eye and a mouth in the same manner; oxidised reddish to greenish patina, small hole. pierced throug on the forehead of the head.

Ornate, cast brass vessels known as kuduo were the possessions of kings and courtiers in the Akan kingdoms. Gold dust and nuggets were kept in kuduo, as were other items of personal value and significance. As receptacles for their owners’ kra, or life force, they were prominent features of ceremonies designed to honor and protect that individual. At the time of his death, a person’s kuduo was filled with gold and other offerings and included in an assembly of items left at the burial site.

The elaborate form and complex iconography of this kuduo reveal the broad range of aesthetic traditions from which the Akan peoples have drawn to create their courtly arts. Goods from Europe and North Africa, received in exchange for Akan gold, textiles, and slaves, included vessels that may have partly inspired the design of this and other kuduo. The repeating bands of geometric patterns incised into the surface, as well as the elegantly flaring foot, body, and handle, may reflect Islamic influences. A latch mechanism on the exterior reflects the value of the materials kept within and alludes to the vessel’s symbolic function of keeping its owner’s kra secure.

Metropolitan Museum, NY, Container (Kuduo) 18th -19th century.

TL Analysis 250 Jahre + / – 26,5 % by Kotalla.

Akan peoples, Asante

TL Analysis 250 Jahre + / – 26,5 % by Kotalla.

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This object can be visited in the Gallery Wolfgang Jaenicke, Berlin. It will not be sent and
can only be picked up. The buyer can have the object for further analysis by its own account
without significantly affecting the object in its substance. For this analysis the buyer can take 
samples before handover within a period of 14 days. The object is from an old African Collection.
Restitution organizations and individuals who are intensively concerned with restitution issues
were informed about these objects. See also Cultural Property Protection Law (Kultur Gut Schutz
Gesetz – KGSG).

Additional information

Weight 4.2 kg