Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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funerary portrait
  • Asante peoples
  • funerary portrait, circa 1950
  • Where object was made: Ghana
  • ceramic, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23.5 x 15 x 14.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2874
Label Text

The clay portrait of a human face and neck has a flattened disk-like head, only the nose is not flat. Ears, eyes and a mouth are indicated. There are three convergent white lines on the forehead. The grooves around the elongated neck retain some red pigment. The back of the head is decorated with a butterfly-like shape.