Lot: 237

Memorial head

Ghana, Akan-Twi, Adanse

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Private Collection H: 8.1 inch 6000 EUR / 12000 EUR

beige coloured terracotta with a light grey coating, regular facial features, fragmentary coiffure, drilled holes, min. dam., small missing parts, traces of abrasion, base. Memorial heads of the Akan were not thought as individual portraits, they just showed singularities of the deceased, just like coiffure, skin scarification marks or ornaments, which made him recognizable for his relatives. The Akan have extended and elaborate funerary ceremonies for royals and commoners. Images and funerary ceramics were placed in sacred precincts of the forest or in the familys shrine room.

Kunstverein Aalen e.V. (Hg.): Kunst der Akan, Aalen 1995, p. 29, ill. 4 van der Pas, Kathy et. al. (ed), Aspects, Akan cultures in Ghana, The Hague 2001, p. 26