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Title

Lion coffin

1995


Artist

Workshop of Kane Kwei

Ghana

1951 -


About

Kane Kwei was a carpenter who began a strange new trade in response to a request from his uncle. The uncle was a fisherman who wanted Kwei to make a coffin for him in the shape of his fishing boat. The success at the funeral was such that Kwei was inundated with requests. A chief would have a lion casket like this one, a fruiterer may be buried in a banana, a truck driver in a truck, a highly fertile matron in a chicken. There is a cultic background for this practice in burying attributes of the dead with the body, but this is an original and creative practice.


Details


Date

1995


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

wood coffin with fabric and mixed media


Dimensions

125.0 x 206.5 x 84.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 1997


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9.1997


Artist information

Workshop of Kane Kwei

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history