16 Rare Photos Of Life In The Ashanti Region From The 19th Century

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By: Ofori-Mensah | 1 year(s) ago

The historical (black & white and sepia) photos were taken by Basel Missionaries in what was then the ‘Gold Coast’, of various areas in southern Ghana during the late 19th Century & early 20th Century.

Most of the black & white photos are from the Basel Mission Image Archive which is managed by Mission 21 and supported in their partnership with the University of Southern California. I do not own the rights to those particular photos.


1. Asante, Kumase, unidentified building c. 1888-1896

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2. The royal compound in Bekwai c. 1900-1904 Schultze

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3. Potters in Asante c 1903 Ramseyer

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4. House of a priest in Adwenase 7 miles south of Ejisu near Kumase (lone figure)

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5. Abirim Temple c 1925-1927

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6. Bantama mausoleum was destroyed by the British on 20 January 1896, Ramseyer

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7. Bantama mausoleum was destroyed by the British on 20 January 1896, Ramseyer

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8. Bantama ‘Ayakeseho’, place of the great brass vessel The Aya kese sat in front of two trees at the entrance to the royal mausoleum

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9. Asante, Kumase c 1896 to 1902 street possibly leading to the entrance of the royal palace, Ramseyer

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10. Asante ‘Great Hall’, maybe ahenfie kumase 1896-1900

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11. Asante ‘Great hall’ another view while under repair perhaps later than the other, pic c. 1896-1900 Ramseyer

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12. Asante street view ‘Execution square in Kumase’, 1896-1900 Ramseyer

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13. Asamanferi, grove outside town where the dishes of deceased persons are carried and where food is brought for their spirits, Kwawu

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14. Timber frames of traditional houses under construction_1902

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15. Kwahu Abetifi House building c. 1888-1905

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16. Some traditional drums of the Asantehene, photo taken in the 1870’s. The man sitting in front would be the caretaker. 1888-1895

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