Auctions is pleased to offer a superb vintage copper (or bronze) Forowa , from the Ashanti, Ghana, West Africa. The Ashanti are a major ethnic group of the Akans (Ashanti and Fanti) in Ghana.Two types of decorative brass vessels, Forowa and Kuduo , were made by the Ashante. The forowa is made from hammered or sheet brass, whereas the kuduo is always cast. The distinction is important because metal worked "cold" would be regarded as secular, and that which was cast or molten, "sacred", and this is reflected in the function of such vessels. Kuduo were created to store valuable possessions such as gold dust, and served the symbolic purpose of safeguarding their owners' kra, or life force. They played an important role in ceremonies intended to maintain the spiritual well-being of those who owned them, and at life's end, they were left at their owners' burial sites along with other personal possessions.
The Forowa on the other hand was used in functions that were mainly domestic, such as the storage of shea butter, a vegetable fat which used in foods, cosmetics and as a fuel. Both types, however, were often decorated using a delicate and vibrant combination of geometric and figurative imagery, with influences from the Moslem regions of North Africa, as well as Europe, as can be seen in this intricate and quite beautiful copper or bronze Forowa. It measures 4 inches in width by 4 inches in depth by 7 inches in height (10.1 cm by 10.1 cm by 11.7 cm). It is in very good condition, showing wear consistent with use and probably dates to the early 20th century.Dating these vessels is difficult since the tradition, in effect, died out over one hundred years ago. A fabulous collectors item, it would be a perfect compliment in any collection of African art. Our goal is to bring the same experience and excitement of collecting that we have been delivering in-person to collectors across the Globe at Primitive in Chicago. Every object we sell online has been carefully hand-selected with special attention to detail, quality, and significance. Add GJPaw to Sellers you Follow and please take a moment to look at our other auctions. The item "VINTAGE FOROWA SHEA BUTTER CONTAINER COPPER BRONZE ASANTE GHANA WEST AFRICA" is in sale since Saturday, September 2, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African\Other African Antiques". The seller is "gjpaw" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.