206 - Piece of a head on a metal base

Ashanti or Akan, Ghana

This head from southern Ghana is very well crafted.

The most important of the pieces presented. This face is significant, its expression is detached, remote, even absent. Its finely crafted hair is characterized by juxtaposition of many different sized pellets of earth or clay. This technique delimits the hair and gives an astonishingly realistic impression. The nose, the eyes, and the scarifications on the face, between the two eyes and on the cheeks of the subject, were made in the same way. This representation emphasizes the almost closed eyes in relief; the nose is also well represented; the mouth, on the other hand, is almost non-existent...

H. 11 cm
18th century

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