13420. African Giryama Wood Funerary Post
Flat stylized tall slender post surmounted by a rounded head and put in the place of an important villagers internment to commemorate the koma (spirit). Individuals worship the koma of their immediate ancestors or elder relitaves and the koma of the whole tribe is incited on special public occasions such as war, famine or the sewing of crops. Size: 69 inches (175cm) H. Ex Cliff and Barbara Grodd N.Y. Collection, acquired at African Heritage Ltd. In Nairobi, Kenya. With a copy of a letter from The Detroit Institute of Arts (dated 2/20/78) with information about the grave marker.