About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Akan Asante [Ashanti]
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ghana
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Terracotta Clay
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Gallery 43, 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    262 mm x 158 mm x 293 mm
  • Note
    STOCKBOOK: Pottery Effigy (Akan, Ghana). Purchased from Gallery 43, 43 George Street, London, W.1. in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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