Funerary Portrait Head (Nsodie)
Arts of Africa
The Akan of southern Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire made terracotta heads and figures as memorials to important deceased individuals. A head such as this one would be installed in the asensie, or “place of the pots,” outside of the village. This terracotta genre, observed among the Akan by Europeans in the 1600s, continued through the early twentieth century.
17th or 18th century
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Akan. Funerary Portrait Head (Nsodie), 17th or 18th century. Terracotta, 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Becker, 76.161. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.161_bw.jpg)
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