We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Title

Lion coffin

1995

Artist

Workshop of Kane Kwei

Ghana

1951 -

No image
  • Details

    Date
    1995
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    wood, velvet fabric, feather, vegetable fibre, fibreglass, paint
    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

    Share
  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition