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

Bronze Funeral Drum

Bronze Funeral Drum

Funeral Drum, Viet Nam, Hoa Binh Muong, End of the 19th Century, Beginning of the 20th Century, Bronze, Dim.: H. 37,5 cm, diam. 60 cm., Paul Rivet Project, 71.1932.41.113

Dong Son type of funeral ritual drum, probably of recent vintage. Buried in a secret place while a chieftain from an aristocratic family was alive, it is exhumed for the funeral ceremonies, then re-buried at the time of the son's funeral. This drum belonged to the brother of the vice-governor (the Tuan Phu, or higher ranked Mandarin of the region), from the Hoa Binh region, who died without leaving behind any descendents. Because of that, the drum was no longer of any use.