201 - Akan or Asante funerary head

Ghana or Ivory Coast

A wonderful example of a commemorative terra cotta piece, this large and very aristocratic head is finely worked, with a particular wealth of details: crown of braided hair, hairstyle decorated with balls, thick, well drawn and striated eyebrows, showing the subject's pilosity, realistic ears, very skillfully carved jewels on the neck and forehead, and a beautiful oval shaped face on a fine and elegant neck. The eyes and mouth are closed, but the features and character of the face express a great nobility and serenity towards death.

A beautiful idealized portrait of the deceased...

H. 23 cm
Dating : 18th century

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