Terracotta Head
Akan, Ghana, Early 20th C.

PROVENANCE: Joan Layne Collection. Acquired from Mert Simpson Gallery, New York. 1975. Inventory number 4762.

This elegant terracotta head is most likely an idealized representation of an Akan ruler or person of import. The Akan used distinctive aesthetic styles when representing their rulers. A serene expression, well balanced features, and long striated neck, like in this example, where heavily used. These heads would have been part of sculptural assemblages, preserving the memory of the deceased. At certain times of the year, prayers and offerings ensued, and as a result, this head’s patina is heavily encrusted with the remains of the libations given.

Height: 10 1/2 in.
IN 10-10-15 / SOLD