For the Akan people, preparation for the ascent of the king to the throne, was a long spiritual ceremony that was made in the greatest secrecy. It is said that the secret was to protect the future king of evil spirits.
On this painting: as tradition requires, the brother of the dead king who is in charge of dressing his nephew for the great ceremony. In the bottom, two servants, one carrying the king’s crown, the other jewelry , they await the call of their elder to bring him ornaments. On the wall of the hut, a mask depicting the greatness of queen-mothers giving an approving look to the new king. Bottom right is a statue of a man symbol of wealth: its belly and its base indicates that he is rich and comfortable, in the room as to instill his blessing to the new king chose.
Photos : Arts de l’Afrique Noire – Editions FONDATION MAEGHT