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Paa Joe and the Fantasy Coffins of Ghana

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 4:45pm

Allen Memorial Art Building, Classroom 1 87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

In this talk, Paa Joe, one of Ghana's most celebrated "fantasy coffin" artists, describes the history, use, production, and reception of this distinctive art form. In southern Ghana, Gas have a long established history of utilizing fantastical and flamboyant coffins during lavish funeral ceremonies. Designed to embody important symbols in a deceased person's life, today the coffins are also exhibited in museums worldwide.

Paa Joe's talk will detail this history, discussing Ga funeral ceremonies and religious beliefs; his own creative process; and his over four decades of experience in creating coffins for local use and international exhibition.

This event is presented with support from the Art History Baldwin endowment.

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International/Cultural, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops, Arts


Academic, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art, Religion


Free to the public

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Matthew Rarey

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