MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Seated Female Grave Marker
Object Name:
Grave Marker, Seated, Female
Other Name:
Grave Marker, Seated, Female, Clay
Place of Origin:
Koma, Ghana, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 7"
W = 4"
D = 4"

Memorial terracottas were created by female artists to honor deceased chiefs and other important elders, both male and female.
400 year history of terracotta funerary sculpture.

Original appraisal states — Koma, Zaire. Handwritten change to — Koma, Ghana.
Original appraisal states — Ca. 6th Century A.D.
Handwritten change to — 13th to 16th Century.

The archaeological site of Koma in northern Ghana was discovered in 1985. The Komaland culture centres around this site, where archaeologists and looters found numerous circular tumuli dating from around the 16th century. Within each tumulus, metal objects, terracotta vessels and figures, as well as human bones, were found.
The zoomorphic and anthropomorphic terracotta figures, ranging in height from 5 to 40 cm, show a highly original style with deformed features and large open mouths.

Seated female grave marker with flat open concaved head on top, pointed chin, donut—shaped eyes, small nose, thick neck. Cylindrical bent arms attached to bent knees, large feet with toes, large navel, small protruding breasts. Light tan with dark brown sedimentary material on arms, breasts and legs.
Finley Collection
Clay or Terracotta
Ritually Used
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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