Ancestors in Stone

New Orleans, United States

August 16, 2019 - December 31, 2020 Exhibition August 16, 2019 December 31, 2020 Europe/London Ancestors in Stone NOMA, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park: New Orleans, United States

Event Details

Among African cultures, deceased ancestors remain important members of the community who are revered in the afterlife. They are venerated by surviving family and community members who ask for divine intercession from their forebears in matters related to wealth, fertility, and agricultural prosperity. This exhibition focuses on NOMA’s recently acquired akwanshi stone monolith from the Cross River region of Nigeria, supported with figures and objects rendered in part or whole in stone from other regions of West Africa. The show speaks to the significance of stone as both a natural element and a significant material in the veneration of ancestors. Although carved stones represent ancestors, uncarved stones may also represent ancestors. Such characteristics suggest the importance of stone to this and other African cultures.

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