Africa, Ghana, Asante, 19th century / Memorial Figure (mma) / late 1800sAfrica, Ghana, Asante, 19th century
Memorial Figure (mma)
late 1800s

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Creator Nationality: Africa, Ghana, Asante, 19th century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Ghana, Asante, 19th century
Title: Memorial Figure (mma)
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1875
Creation End Date: 1900
Creation Date: late 1800s
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Pottery
Dimensions: Overall: 20.3cm x 14.6cm x 14.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1990.22
Credit Line: Edwin R. and Harriet Pelton Perkins Memorial Fund
Style or Period: Africa, Ghana, Asante, 19th century
Context: A master female potter among the Asante created this clay sculpture to commemorate the departed. While not a naturalistic portrait, this figure bears features associated with the dead person, such as coiffure or facial marks. After placing the memorial in a sacred forest clearing, family members invoked the spirit of the departed and asked it to accept the sculpture and facilitate communication with ancestors.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1990.22
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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