The human head in Akan art and belief: - a study of the head as in entity: the significant of its minor form, their symbolism and their spiritual values

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The purpose of this thesis is to examine the human head in Akan belief and art with the view to finding out the changes and trends in tradition concerning the human head. The important distinctive methods used in the examination has been through interview, observations and literature review from libraries and Two sub problems examines in this thesis are the significances of the head as an entity and the physiognomy. These sub problems are thus discussed under five chapters. Chapter one is a historical introduction. Chapters two and three concern the human head and the physiognomy respectively whilst chapters four and five discuss aesthetic considerations and the style and symbolism of the Asante head in life and in art
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Master of Arts in Art Education, 1986