Standing male ancestor figure (Kpín-dáá)

LoDagaa, Dagara -Lobr Group
20th century
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General Description

This inverted "Y"-shaped sculpture exhibits vaguely human characteristics—a rounded knob for a head with minimal facial features and a straight body forking into two legs. The LoDagaa refer to it as a ritual object for linking the visible world of the living with the invisible world of the dead. They differentiate shapes as male and female: a sculpture like this one is male, while a straight stick is female.

Kpín-dáá, as the sculptures are called, are kept in a sacred room in the family residence or in a smaller shrine build alongside it.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, Arts of Africa, 2015.