An Akan Kudou with a seated human figure on top of the cover; oxidised patina:
The dating of a Kuduo is difficult without a TL analysis, since the tradition, in effect, died out over one hundred years ago. A few kuduo are still in use, found in shrines and the treasuries of Akan chiefs, but no information about the origins of these objects is maintained. Most of the kuduo that are today maintained in museum and private collections, were found by accident while excavating new roads or digging the foundations for buildings. These objects do not carry any inscriptions identifying when or where they were made. Nor has a single kuduo been discovered in an archaeological context. In lieu of hard chronological data, one may hazard an educated guess that those kuduo that stylistically are most similar to the imported Middle Eastern vessels are the earliest examples of the tradition, and those that display Akan innovations, are later. We may tentatively date, based on style, the Toledo Museum of Art Kuduo to the 18th or 19th century.
TL analysis 340 years + / – 21 % by Kotalla.
1.500 – 2.000,- Euro
Height: 22 cm
Weight: 2,6 kg
Sotheby’s – Paris
Paolo Morigi collection : Important African Art
Auction Date : Jun 6, 2005.
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1964 (1978.412.384a,b)
Metropolitan Museum of Art – NY.