Funerary Effigy

1972.07.0004

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Artifact Identification Funerary Effigy   (1972.07.0004)
Classification/
Nomenclature
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Ceremonial Artifacts
  4. :
  5. Funerary Objects
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Colonial, 20th century
Culture Asante, Ashanti, Akan
Location On Exhibitin the Africa exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 16.2 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 14.8 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 12.0 cm
Weight 821 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Ceramic--Terracotta
Manufacturing Processes Handbuilding, Firing, Incising
Munsell Color Information Grayish Brown (7.5 Y R 4/2) -ns Strong Brown ( 2.5 Y R 4/6) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

HONORING THE DECEASED: Portraits of the deceased are sculpted in ceramic by Akan women. The portraits may be just the head, a face sculpted onto a pottery lid or vessel, or a whole body, sometimes seated. The portraits of the deceased are placed in a sacred grove near the village but separate from the actual graves, where they are cared for by descendents. (7,8,9) Funerary heads made in a disc style. Terracotta. Ashanti. 72.7.4, 22-23.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A
Bibliography

Cole, Herbert M. and Doran H. Ross. The Arts of Ghana. Los Angeles: University of California, 1977. Vogel, Susan. For Spirits and Kings. Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1981. pp. 78-81.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Gift of Norman and Carole Thomas
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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