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Akan Funerary Commemorative Head

December 14, 1984 – April 14, 1985

African Art Museum
950 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

Location: Focus Gallery, 3rd Floor, 318 A St., NE

The head, a figurative pottery piece made by the Akan peoples of southern Ghana, was possibly used at the formal funeral of a member of royalty. It would have been regarded as a portrait by the Akan because it substituted for the actual body of the deceased during the ceremonies, held days or even months after actual death and burial.