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Flashback: Kane Kwei coffin

February 21, 2010

Original: Kane Kwei (Ghana); coffin orange, in the shape of a cocoa (or coffee?) pod; polychrome wood; circa 1970

I read that Kwei was a Ghanaian carpenter who became a sculptor. He started making coffins with materially significant meanings for relatives. This original image is a cocoa or coffee pod (ARTstor wasn’t sure). I thought at first just about changing the set up/details but then I considered the function of a coffin and explored other options in terms of size, who it was housing, what it was showing itself to be, etc.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. kmmb permalink
    February 22, 2010 1:16 pm

    Great choice. Add a link or thumbnail of the original image.

  2. Bunny permalink
    September 19, 2011 5:02 pm

    This could also be from the kapok tree . . .

    • September 19, 2011 5:26 pm

      Thanks Bunny. According to the art databases and the artists’ bio it’s not, but you are right. Coffin art is modeled after a wide variety of plants, each associated with the individual lives of the deceased who inhabit them.

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