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Robert Turner     Akan

Akan
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick
1984, glazed stoneware, 17 3/8 x 12 3/8 x 11 1/4 in.


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Robert Turner's Akan refers to the Akan nation of Ghana. No doubt Turner wished to express a sense of the timeless flow of life in a highly ritualized, so-called "primitive" culture. In fact, the Akan people have enjoyed a well-developed civilization for centuries. Although this vessel appears at first glance to be rather haphazard and crude, it is in fact a sophisticated study of architectonic form and finish.