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23 November

funeral rites

Funeral rites play a privileged, not to mention primordial role in man’s relationship with what is sacred. 

Through their rich ceremonies they underline the point to which death is present and accepted in non-western societies where the deceased, who will become ancestors, are an integral part of life.

This close relationship between the living and the dead very often passes through a vast exchange system that is symbolic, spiritual and physical all at once and manifests itself through offerings and is embodied in the moulded sculpture, a sign of durability and object of memory.


  • Ceremonial Sculpture

    Ceremonial Sculpture

  • Ancestral Skull

  • Headdress Mask

  • Reliquaire zoomorphe (poisson), crâne

    Zoomorphic (fish) Reliquary, Skull

  • Funeral Effigy

  • Funeral Mannequin

  • Mourner's Mask

  • Funeral Ceremony

  • Bronze Funeral Drum

  • Funeral Statue

  • Anthropomorphic Statues

  • Anthropomorphic Mask

  • Reliquary Guardian Statuette

  • Skull Representation

  • Anthropomorphic Funeral Post

  • Female Figure

  • Funeral Bag

  • Pedestal Bowl, With Zoomorphic Decoration

  • Bowl

  • Funeral Mask

  • Funeral Urn

Anthropomorphic Funeral Post

Anthropomorphic Funeral Post

Funeral Post, Ethiopian, Konso,Mid-19th Century, Wood, 27 x 198 x 27 cm, 38780 g, 70.2001.4.1

En Afrique orientale, de nombreux groupes pratiquent la sculpture funéraire monumentale. Après le décès d'un chef ou d'un grand personnage, les Konso font sculpter et peindre un poteau funéraire à l'image - idéalisée - du défunt. Ces grandes figures de bois ne sont pas érigées au-dessus de la tombe mais regroupées à l'entrée du village pour en assurer la protection.