The Fantasy Coffin Art of Paa Joe

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While many cultures view death as something to be feared, there are those that use the occasion as a reminder to celebrate the beauty of life. Ghanaian artist and craftsman Paa Joe creates elaborate coffins that joyfully pay homage to the lives of their occupants. Paa Joe learned woodworking techniques from his uncle Kane Kwei, the founder of the fantasy coffin art movement. The elaborate coffins he carves — which range in shape, from an oversized Nikon camera to a surreal bird creature — often refer to the interests or vocation of the deceased person. A documentary titled Paa Joe & The Lion about Paa Joe’s struggle in the changing coffin industry is currently in production. Take a look at some of the fantasy coffins below.

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