< RETURN TO AFRICAN ART

Akan/Asante Terracotta Funerary Head - PF.3902
Origin: Ahinsan, Ghana
Circa: 17 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD
Dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high x 6.375" (16.2cm) wide
Collection: African
Style: Akan/Asante
Medium: Terracotta

*CLICK ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE*

Excavated at Ahinsan, in the southern region inhabited by the Asante tribe (also spelled Ashanti), this terracotta head dates from the 17th to the 18th Century and is likely ancestral in its artistic convention to the more recent akua’ba dolls of contemporary Ghana.

The famous ethnologist R. S. Rattray, who studied the Asante extensively, reports the legend, “a woman potter had become sterile after having modeled figures for a pottery shrine.” The ceremonial and funerary pottery was therefore made by men.

Busts, such as this one, were attached to the lids of the family pottery funerary shrines reserved for the worship of the female principal “Abusua.” These sculptures were discovered partially buried, abandoned in ancient places of worship outside the village. According to inhabitants, they are “ancestor portraits.” Terracotta statuary seems to have been eclipsed by the extraordinary development of goldsmith work. In turn, these works in gold became the repositories of the supernatural forces of the deceased, and the terracotta portraits laid forgotten until this century. - (PF.3902)

 

 

Home | About Us | Exhibits | Contact Us | Services | Publications | Search | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | Security

Fayez Barakat, Art From Ancient Lands, Barakat Publications, Ancient Jalisco Art, Ancient Colima Art, Ancient Nayarit Art, Art of Ancient Africa, Roman Oil Lamps,
Roman Coin Jewelry, African Masks, Sand Core Glass, Egyptian Scarabs, Classical Antiquities, Pre-Columbian Jade, Pre-Columbian Gold
Animals on Coins, Emperor Maurice Tiberius, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Islamic Gold Coins, Athenian Tetradrachms
Emperor Constantine 1 the Great, Emperor Antoninus Pius, Emperor Commodus, Ancient Jewish Coins, Bactrian Coins, Emperor Justinian,
Emperor Elagabalus, Alexander the Great Tetradrachms, Egyptian Antiquities, Biblical Antiquities, Classical Antiquities, Near Eastern Art,
Byzantine Art,Pre-Columbian Art, African & Tribal Art, Asian Art, Chinese Art, Russian Icons, Coin Jewelry, Greek Coins, Roman Coins, Byzantine Coins

405 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90210 | Phone:310.859.8408 | Fax 310.276.1346
58 Brook Street, London W1K 5DT, UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 493.7778 | Fax: +44 (0) 207 493.9593
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Email Barakat Gallery | Contact Web Master/Designer