Akan. <em>Funerary Portrait Head</em>, 18th century. Terracotta, 12 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (31.0 x 29.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede, 73.107.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 73.107.6.jpg)

Funerary Portrait Head


Medium: Terracotta

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:18th century

Dimensions: 12 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (31.0 x 29.3 cm)


Accession Number: 73.107.6

Image: 73.107.6.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Human terracotta head. Nine beard-like appendages on chin, scarification marks on cheeks and forehead and temples. Nose is flared, eyes and mouth protrude. Neck is ringed; ears like half circles protrude from sides of head. Hair is indicated by tubular like extensions. There are traces of red paint. CONDITION: Check on back of head horizontally across to left ear where there is a verticle check. Checks on left rear portion of head. Several of the cylindrical hair decorations are missing and surface is worn. Checks over eyebrows on left temple and top of skull. Some of the beard-like extensions are missing. Head is mounted on modern black metal base.

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