Gold Weight Container, Akan, Kuduo, Ivory Coast
H: 11 cm (4,3″), Ø: 14 cm (5,5″)
Age: Ca. 1870
Kuduo were used in many ways by the Akan people and other neighboring tribes. They held gold dust, cowrie shells, and other valuables; but could also be found in important political and ritual contexts. Some kuduo were buried with their owners, while others were kept in the palace shrine rooms that housed the ancestral stools of deceased state leaders. Life and the afterlife, the present and the past, were enhanced and made more meaningful by the presence of these elegant prestige vessels.
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