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Funerary Portrait Head

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Akan
MEDIUM Terracotta
  • Place Made: Ahinsan, Adanse
  • DATES 18th century
    DIMENSIONS 12 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (31.0 x 29.3 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 73.107.6
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcia and John Friede
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Akan. Funerary Portrait Head, 18th century. Terracotta, 12 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (31.0 x 29.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede, 73.107.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 73.107.6.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 73.107.6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Human terracotta head. Nine beard-like appendages on chin, scarification marks on cheeks and forehead and temples. Nose is flared, eyes and mouth protrude. Neck is ringed; ears like half circles protrude from sides of head. Hair is indicated by tubular like extensions. There are traces of red paint. CONDITION: Check on back of head horizontally across to left ear where there is a verticle check. Checks on left rear portion of head. Several of the cylindrical hair decorations are missing and surface is worn. Checks over eyebrows on left temple and top of skull. Some of the beard-like extensions are missing. Head is mounted on modern black metal base.
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