Design and Fabrication of Chain of Office for the Chancellor of Knust Using the Lost Wax Casting Technique

Authors : Fening P.A; Baah, K.S; Agyei I.K; Amakye-Marfo B.B

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 8 - August

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The main objective of this paper was to explore the suitability of the lost wax casting technique for the design and fabrication of a chain of office. A chain of office is a traditional symbol of power and prominence, usually made of medals which symbolizes a community or an institution. It is also an important piece of public history. The chain of office harkens back to medieval livery collars that were worn by high ranking state officials. These collars represented a tangible link between a monarch and his or her loyal subjects. Modern chains of office also allude to this symbolic duality. It is usually bestowed on the president of an academic institution as a leader and an executive authority and worn at the commencement and convocations and all official occasions requiring the wearing of academic regalia. It is a permanent insignia of office and is passed down to each succeeding president of the institution. The chain of office of an academic institution is usually a medallion engraved with the names of the presidents of the institution and the periods in the history of the institution, as well as the official logo, motto or seal of the institution. The official chain of office is highly regarded as part of the enduring legacy and permanent symbology of the institution. Different metalsmithing techniques have been used for the production of chain of office Studio-based and descriptive research were therefore employed to fabricate a chain of office for the Chancellor of K.N.U.S.T that represents the University, using the lost wax casting techniques. The logos of the six hall of residence and the six colleges were used with university’s logo as the central design. The resultant is one-of-akind, unique product that shows the legacy of the university and commemorates achievement.

Keywords : Fabrication, Livery Collars, Regalia, Traditional Symbol, Lost Wax


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