Asante Brass Urn
Approx Age: Mid 20th Century
Dimensions cm: 27 tall x 16 wide
Ref. Number: 0099
Unusual and beautifully styled Asante brass urn or vessel. Acquired from a collector who collected his art back during world war 2 as he was posted in West Africa. It has 2 remaining ostriches and 2 places where we think there would have others for symmetry and the same again for the 2 remaining scorpions. It has typical Asante / Ashanti repeated decorative design around the base and the mass of the urn. Rather than melting it down to make another as it shows signs of repaire suggesting that it was a reasured item.
The art of Ashanti can be classified into two main groups: metalwork (casts of brass or gold using a lost-wax method and objects made of hammered metal sheets). The lost wax method is a process carried out thoughout varing tribes over Africa. Carred out by the blacksmith of the village a method of metalcasting in which a molten metal is poured into a mold that has been created by means of a wax model. Once the mold is made, the waxmodel is melted and drained away. The high skills of the blacksmith make him a true craftsman and they produce highly ornate and elaborate items from plain urns to the highly decorated royal urns and vessels.The lost-wax method dates from the 3rd millennium BC and has sustained few changes since then.
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