Workshop of Kane Kwei
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.
wood, velvet fabric, feather, vegetable fibre, fibreglass, paint
125.0 x 206.5 x 84.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 1997
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
African Marketplace, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, 22 Aug 2002–28 Sep 2002