|Fante figure, Ghana|
wood, beads, cloth, pigment
ex. private NY collection, acquired 25 years ago
definite signs of age and use
According to Dr. Daniel Mato, figures such as this where the feet are depicted pointing backward and the arms
were articulated (now missing), could represent a version of the Akan forest spirit called Sassabosum - a witch
who sat or hung from trees and grabbed unwary people as they walked under her tree with her long feet. They
were generally something of an 'anti-aesthetic' figure.