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Asante terracotta funerary head, early 20th c.

Lot 0057
A terracotta funerary head with dark glaze. Ghana, Asante. Early 20th century. 7"h x 6 1/4"w x 5"d
Provenance: Inventory and Collection from the Estate of Merton D. Simpson.
Catalog Notes: The use of terra cotta heads figures in Ghana dates back nearly half a millenium. While they have varied is size, originally all the faces were painted. It is believed that some small heads were created as vessels for sacrificial offerings. Traditionally these heads were placed around graves of important figures or in sacred groves. For additional reading see "The Art of Africa: A Resource for Educators" by Christa Clarke, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. smafather.org

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Asante terracotta funerary head, early 20th c.

Estimate $200 - $300Oct 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USA