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Portrait Head (Mma) from Vessel (Abusua kuruwa)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Akan
MEDIUM Terracotta
  • Place Made: Ashanti Region
  • DATES 19th-early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 6 x 3 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (15.2 x 9.8 x 3.8 cm)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2010.82.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Drs. John I. and Nicole Dintenfass
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small terracotta portrait head (mma), likely from the top of a ceremonial vessel (abusua kuruwa), in style conventionally associated with site of Ahinsan. The head is largely triangular and flat in shape, with the face concentrated in the lower half, comprising: two raised, arched eyebrows, two 'coffee-bean' shaped eyes, a small, pointed nose, raised lips and two flat, half-circle ears projecting from either side. The coiffure is composed of a series of raised 'coffee-bean' and swirling forms, in a zone separated from the face by an arched ridge that echoes the eyebrows below. Surface has slight singes from firing, and a speckled composition. Condition: very good.
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