Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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nsodie (funerary portrait)
  • unknown Asante maker
  • nsodie (funerary portrait), 1800s
  • Where object was made: Ashantiland (present-day Ghana)
  • ceramic
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 15.5 x 13 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, C2
  • 2007.2875
Label Text

The stylized human face and neck has a flattened and disk-like head with raised eyebrows, eyes, a small nose, and lips. There is a point at the top of the head with two small holes on either side. It has a short neck with faint grooves and a pointed larynx.