This is a lovely antique African ceremonial pot. It comes from the Ashanti in Ghana.
It is a ceremonial bronze pot with a decorative lid with a group of figures. It probably dates to around the 1920s. It has a good antique patina to the metal. Each pot is individually made using the lost wax method and is unique as the mould is damaged in the process of making the item. This one is in excellent condition with no losses to the figure group on the lid - or any other damage.
The lid of my pot has four little beautifully modelled figures standing around a small palm tree - underneath the branches is a little bird. The main body of the pot is decorated with geometric patterns carved into the metal. There are two handles at each side. The pot is on a fixed stand made of metal hoops joined together. This is such a fine example.
The pots are called "Kuduo" containers and they often held gold dust and other valuables, but could also be found in important political and ritual contexts. Ghana was formerly known as the 'Gold Coast' and the Ashanti Region was also called The Kingdom of Gold.
Dimensions: The overall height is 6 inches. the diameter of the base is 3 3/4 inches. Handle to handle it is 5 inches.
UK Postage would be with Royal Mail Recorded Post - this would be capped at £4.95 and applied to your order at the checkout.