Akan, commemorative head

Akan, commemorative head

Commemorative head from Ghana, terracotta
Date
XVIIth century
Size
height 5.11 in
Collection
Tribal Art
Condition
very good condition
 

Beautiful serene face with narrowed, reflective eyes, terracotta is flecked with many flakes of gold.
Heads honouring important dignitaries were placed around the portrait of the deceased king.

 

Origin:

  • Réginald Groux (Noir d’Ivoire) 1999 Piasa auction

 

Bibliography:

  • B de Grunne "Terres cuites de l’ouest Africain" 1980 page 137 and subseq.

 

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