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Bronze Gold Dust Containers

Akan, Ghana. L - SOLD R - £150

Cast Bronze Gold Dust Containers. Akan Culture, Ghana

These two lidded bronze containers were cast to hold gold dust, the currency of the Asante Empire. Each decorated with Adrinka designs and small sculptures, these boxes are material testimony to the importance of gold in Asante society.

Decorating the lid of the wider, slightly larger gold dust box (abamphruwa) is a raised spiralling Adrinka ‘ram’s horn’ design - an Asante symbol connoting strength and humility. Two series of raised lines, located at each end of the container, frame the ‘ram’s horn’ (dwennimen).

The imagery incorporated into the smaller bronze gold dust box (abamphruwa) is closely linked to the verbal art of proverbs; widely known truth maxims about Akan culture and values. The top of the lid is embellished with raised registers of lines, arranged into linear and quadrate shapes. Sitting on the surface of the lid are six small sculpted birds. Facing inwards at the edge of the lid, each bird is decorated with incised lines, used to indicate feathers. Proverbs related to birds abound in Akan culture, such as ‘Anõma ne nut né nea o ne no da’/‘birds of a feather flock together’. While cast bronze gold dusts are more common than those made of sheet metal in Akan art, examples with elaborate surface ornamentation and miniature sculptures on the lid are rarer.

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Kristen Windmuller-Luna (2016) ‘Gold Dust Box (abamphruwa) 19th-20th Century’, 

6cm x 4.5cm

8 cm x 2.5 cm

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Left SOLD Right £150
L: 6.5 CM & 8 CM
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