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Title

Lion coffin

1995

Artist

Workshop of Kane Kwei

Ghana

1951 –

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  • 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

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  • 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