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Collection African Art Collection
Object Name Powder Container
Catalog Number 1976.1.15
Accession Number 1976.1
Description Powder container with lid cast in brass by a special wax process known as kuduo by the Asante of Ghana. The kuduo is a round brass bown decorated with two snakes, two lizards, and fan shapes along the surface. It has three peg legs and a cone shaped lid with a rope border along the edge. The lid is also topped with a bird in flight.

Vessels cast in brass by the lost wax process are called kuduo by the Asante of Ghana. The process involves molding brass using soft bees wax that melts away as the brass is shaped. The Kuduo is molded in a variety of shapes and the lid is the most detailed. Because animals are common in the Asante brass work, some were designed on the lids. The kuduo were used to connect with the spiritual world. Researchers revealed that these brass urns were sometimes used to store a person's soul after death or food during fertility rituals.
People Asante
Subjects Ghana
Rites & ceremonies