Furerary Ancestor Figure card

Furerary Ancestor Figure

1966.218.6

Currently not on display

Terracotta memorial figures or heads were made by female sculptors for the funeral rituals of important Akan men and women, like chiefs and queen mothers. The practice seems to have had a long history among certain Akan groups. The figures were not normally placed on the graves of the deceased, but in the sacred grove close by, where libations and prayers were offered to the ancestral spirits.