Asante Bronze Kuduo Vessel
Asante Tribe, Ghana

H: 11"
Inventory # 10392

Ornate, cast brass vessels known as kuduo were the possessions of kings and courtiers in the Akan kingdoms. Gold dust and nuggets were kept in kuduo, as were other items of personal value and significance. As receptacles for their owners' kra, or life force, they were prominent features of ceremonies designed to honor and protect that individual. At the time of his death, a person's kuduo was filled with gold and other offerings and included in an assembly of items left at the burial site (Metropolitan Museum of Art 1981.431.14).

Mancala (Mankala) is the general name for many versions of a board game. Mancala games are played in much of Africa and even parts of Asia and South America. Mancala is one of the oldest games in the world; it may have started as a system of accounting and record-keeping (like an abacus) over 3000 years ago. Hundreds of millions of people of different languages and cultures play many different versions of the game. The game has hundreds of different names (such as Bao and Wari), and is usually named after the seeds, stones or board in the local language. 

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