Asante artist (Ghana)
Among the Akan people of Ghana, the color white is important for it conveys a number of ideas addressing spirituality and the ancestors. Known as ‘Hyire’, it was in the past made from clay mixed with bird lime that is now replaced by the use of various forms of white powder. Priests and priestesses, during rituals associated with their shrine, will cover their bodies in white powder to celebrate the spirit of the local shrine and will often throw powder into the crowd or into the air. Stools and often sculpted figures placed in shrines will also be covered with white clay to indicate their spirituality.
4″ high x 7.5″ wide x 3″ deep