Lot: 207

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Memorial head

Ghana, Akan-Twifo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Nils von der Heyde, Hamburg, Germany H: 5.9 inch 1500 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

ceramic / terracotta, base

Akan memorial heads have a tradition of more than 400 years. They are considered generalized portraits of important deceased, both male and female.

They were not positioned on the grave, but placed either in a sacred grove close to the cemetery or in a shrine or stool room where libations and sacrifices were occasionally offered and rituals were performed.