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Memorial head, Gold Coast, Ghana, 1890-1920
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Memorial head, Gold Coast, Ghana, 1890-1920
Baked clay memorial head, oval face, ringed neck
Baked clay memorial head, oval face, ringed neck, placed on the graves of important personages whose spirit were
Work Type
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Date
1890-1920
Location
Gold Coast
Material
clay, baked
stand, wood
Description
Baked clay memorial head, oval face, ringed neck, placed on the graves of important personages whose spirit were believed to reside in the head, Ashanti tribe, Gold Coast, 1890-1920
Commemorative terracotta figures were created in Africa by the Akan people in southern Ghana and the eastern Ivory Coast to honour deceased chiefs and other important elders. The sculptures were typically positioned in a sacred grove close to the cemetery, where rituals would be performed with offerings of food and prayers. It was believed that the spirits of the dead lived on in the sculptures, which are also known as mma. \n\nIn Africa, clay is a material largely associated with female artists, so it is likely that a woman made this sculpture. The figure shows the ideal qualities of a ruler " a long neck with prominent grooves and well balanced features.
Commemorative terracotta figures were created in Africa by the Akan people in southern Ghana and the eastern Ivory Coast to honour deceased chiefs and other important elders. The sculptures were typically positioned in a sacred grove close to the cemetery, where rituals would be performed with offerings of food and prayers. It was believed that the spirits of the dead lived on in the sculptures, which are also known as mma. \n\nIn Africa, clay is a material largely associated with female artists, so it is likely that a woman made this sculpture. The figure shows the ideal qualities of a ruler " a long neck with prominent grooves and well balanced features.
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co106230
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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