|Artifact Identification||Funerary Effigy (1972.07.0023)|
|Period/Date||Colonial, 20th century|
|Culture||Asante, Ashanti, Akan|
|Dimension 1 (Height)||19.9 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Width)||17.0 cm|
|Dimension 3 (Depth)||14.5 cm|
|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|
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.
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. Photo: Spurlock Museum, Fall 2006, p. 8.
|Credit Line/Dedication||Gift of Norman and Carole Thomas|