Sasabonsam Tribal Carving
A rare and bizarre carved wood figure of a ‘Sasabonsam’.
The Sasabonsam is a mythical figure from Ghanaian folklore, partially based on the Christian devil image. Rooted in traditional Ghanaian beliefs, said to Inhabit the bush, living in the tallest trees. Frequently depicted as red and hairy with bat-like wings, long beard, horns, ape-like body and twisted snake like legs. Said to be an ally to witches.
Carved from a native hardwood called Sapele, circa 1930’s. A very similar example can be found in the British museums collection and another on display in the museum of Anthropology & Archeology at Cambridge University.
Africa: sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana: Asante Region: Kumase
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