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The Ashanti Kingdom on the West coast of Africa is known as Ghana today. This antique Ashanti small box is made of brass, also known as commercial bronze, an alloy of cooper and tin. These metals were most likely acquired through trade in European imports starting about the late 15th century. Box was cast using the lost-wax method which is a very good technique for capturing fine detail. Box features the tortoise and crocodile on its lid. This decorated bronze box was possibly part of an Ashanti gold weight kit. Gold was mined extensively along the West coast of Africa and men of the Ashanti Kingdom used elaborate sets of bronze gold weights, called Abrammo now outlawed, along with spoons, small boxes and other accessories for weighing and measuring gold and gold dust. The complete kit was called futoo.

SIZE: Dimensions are approximate. Box measures 2 1/4" long x 1 5/8" wide x 1" deep.

WEIGHT: Heavy bronze box, total weight 172.3 grams.

CONDITION: Very good condition despite age and wear. Lid fits on top of box nicely. Great item to add to your early primitives or tribal jewelry collections.

COMPOSITION: Bronze, an alloy of copper and tin.

ORIGIN: Ghana, West Africa. Circa late 19th century.

Antique AFRICAN Ashanti Bronze Box Ghana Uber Kuchi

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: bronze, brass, commercial bronze
  • Only ships within United States.
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