Funerary Head (Mma)
This head was originally attached to the cylindrical body of a figure called a Mma. The figure represents a royal ancestor and is shown with the composed facial expression expected of Akan or Anyi nobles. The figures are stylized portraits of individuals with differences such as personal hairstyles and scarification patterns. On the outskirts of towns, groups of Mma figures were arranged in cemeteries, where they received offerings and invocations for the dead.
- Culture: Anyi
- Medium: Terracotta
- Place Made: Sud-Comoé Region, Ivory Coast
- Dates: 18th-19th century
- Dimensions: 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 69.56
- Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Abbott A. Lippman
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Anyi. Funerary Head (Mma), 18th-19th century. Terracotta, 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Abbott A. Lippman, 69.56. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Terracotta funerary head, mma. Three dimensional head with neck (orange, clay, coiffure in three projections at back), connecting brows and drawn eye lids, three ring element at neck. Condition: Coiffure in fragmentary condition, native repairs.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)