EWE COUPLE 6, Ghana

Photographs © Tim Hamill

EWE
COUPLE 6
6.75" high
$200

Despite their appearance, this couple shows no signs of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

Usually representing spirits, ancestors or the primordial couple, these figures were placed in shrines and treated with great respect. Through a wide range of style, scale, belief and function the couples depicted share a timeless, serene equality necessary to the continuity of their societies. Traditionally, most of the couples are two freestanding figures, conceived as a unit, and posed frontally, symmetrically, in formal postures and of equal size.

These Ewe Couples are fetish-like combinations similar to their more common doll-like single figures.

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