Metal Casting in Asante

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Metal casting is an art among the people of Asante in Ghana. It is seen as a lucrative industry, which could provide employment to the youth, however, the researcher has noticed that, little attention has been given to the industry by the government and other authorities. Evidence shows that, a process of metal casting originated in Asante before its diffusion to other parts of Africa. The researcher, in an attempt to contribute to the development of the industry has sought to write about metal casting in Asante. The research seeks to critically examine, analyse and synthesize the history of Asante’s metal casting, and identify, describe, and document the existing processes of traditional metal casting in Asante. The main research methods used are the Descriptive and Analytical survey methods. The population of the study was limited to only one hundred and fifteen persons mostly, art educationists, jewellers, metal casters, gold- weight collectors, industrial workers, and traditional rulers. The final study is presented in six chapters. Chapter one is the introductory chapter which deals with the problems, objectives, hypothesis, scope of study, limitations, importance of the research, methodology, data collection, abbreviations, definition of terms, arrangement of text, and references. Chapter two deals with the review of related literature on history of metal casting and traditional metal casting processes in Asante. It also provides references. Chapter three deals with the general procedure employed to do the research. The research tools used include questionnaire, interviews, photography, and observation. It provides reference to the literature. Chapter four outlines the existing traditional processes of metal casting employed in Asante, and provide information on a new method of hollow casting discovered by the researcher in course of the study. Chapter five deals with critical analyses, and interpretation of findings from the field survey, it also provides reference to the literature used. Chapter six, the final chapter deals with the summary, conclusions, and recommendations. The last chapter is followed by bibliography and appendices.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Philosophy in African Art and Culture, 2003