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Asante Clay Queen Mother on Stool Ghana African Art

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Title Akan/Asante Funeral Clay Figure of Queen Mother On Stool Ghana African
Type of Object Clay figure of Queen Mother
Country of Origin Ghana
People Asante
Materials Clay
Approximate Age Unknown
Dimensions 10 inches H. x 5.5 inches W.
Overall Condition Good.   Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Chips in places, some modeling flaws

Additional Information:  An interesting  and dynamic clay figure depicting a female modeled wearing a dark dress and sandals, sitting on a two-legged stool.The expressive face shows open eyes and mouth. The facial features as well as the hairstyle recall the Akan clay head, known as Nsodia.  The origin of this piece is located among the Asante an Akan group. Numerous clay objects have come to light from the great ‘Inland Delta Cultures’ of the Niger River and Benue River confluence and from Mali and Burkina Faso in West Africa.

Figures such as this are well known as funerary figures or as  burial markers and memorials were placed on the graves of important person including chiefs, warriors, renowned hunters and social elite. These recognized ancestors were said to be the 'children of the god's' who have gone to live with those who left before.  In some regions graves were surrounded by small rounded walls made out of mud for families and stone for prominent men.

Additional Readings:  

Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler. EARTH AND ORE.2500 YEARS OF AFRICAN ART IN TERRA-COTTA AND METAL, Paterra Verlag. Edition Minerva, 1997 FitzGerald, R. T. D. (1944).

I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.