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Ga Coffins

eShopAfrica.com | Collect |  Ga Coffins

Welcome to Ga Coffins (Thematic Chests) from Ghana

These hand sculpted wooden coffins or decorated chests have been featured by National Geographic. They are made by the famous Ga coffin carpenters in Accra, Ghana.

Traditionally these chests are the size of a full coffin or a half-length coffin (see the bottom of the page for detailed specifications). However, we are working with the coffin carpenters to scale down their work making it easier to ship. They are also developing new lines such as the football and computer mouse - see pictures below.

The coffin carpenters can make just about anything you want. Below is just a sample of their creativity. They can work from a photo or a model. Order a chest according to your hobby or interest - these are truly antiques of the future. See how these amazing pieces are made in the Coffin Gallery.

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1 full sized (6ft) chest - $1,500

1 half-sized (3ft) chest - $600

1 "table-top" chest - $350

1 "desk top" chest - $175

Smaller chests take about one month to make and full and half sized ones can take up to three months. The inside of the chest is painted in a matching colour. The storage size inside the chest varies according to the style chosen. These are primarily decorative items - not storage containers. Look at the photographs below and decide the theme you would like. If you would like your own design please email us.

COF017 Ferrari

COF017 Ferrari

Have you dreamed of owning a Ferrari? Dream no longer... buy your own hand made African Ferrari today! Just look at the detail... And it opens into a chest to keep things in! A truly unique work of art!

COF019 Subaru

COF019 Subaru

A different way to speed into the after life. This "half sized" piece was ordered by BBC Top Gear Magazine.

COF018 Nokia

COF018 Nokia

Keep your line to heaven open - go to the afterlife in a Nokia. The face of the phone opensopens to make the lid. Whatever brand you want our carpenters can make it for you - even blue tooth!

COF001 Computer Mouse Chest

COF001 Computer Mouse Chest

Perhaps the first IT coffin - our carpenters think so. We gave them our mouse and this is what we got back! A great witty storage chest for the office. The attention to detail is incredible - on the underside are the roller ball and serial number. And it opens to be a storage chest as well - a truly unique work of art! We can personalise one for you - whatever brand you want our carpenters can make it.

Specifications for this piece
Length without wire: 18 in/45 cm
(wire can be detached for shipping)
Length with wire: 32 in/80 cm
Width: 10 in/25 cm
Weight: 3 kg
All measurements approximate

Samuel can make any brand, any model or any other piece of IT equipment - send us your idea!

COF002 Football Tabletop Chest

COF002 Football Tabletop Chest


Price: $250.00

This football is so realistic we have to keep it out of the way of children who want to take it for a game! It's slightly larger than life but perfectly reproduced. Part of the top comes off to make the lid. This ball is Bundes-Liga but Samuel can make any brand, any league or any team (he supports Arsenal!)

Specifications
Height: 11 in/28 cm
Width:: 11 in/28 cm
Weight: 3.5 kg
All measurements approximate

Samuel can make any other sports equipment and balls too... just tell us your game!

COF003 Red Pepper Desktop Chest

COF003 Red Pepper Desktop Chest


Price: $175.00

This is the first in Samuel's food themed tabletop chests. This red hot pepper has a lid and is a fun place to store small items. He can make any pepper, fruit, vegetable or food item - just let us know!

Specifications
Height: 11 in/28 cm
Width:: 15 in/40 cm
Weight: 3 kg
All measurements approximate

For more food see the carrot and pineapple below.

COF004 Beer Bottle Drinks Cabinet

COF004 Beer Bottle Drinks Cabinet


Price: $800.00

Star Beer is one of the most popular beers in Ghana and here Samuel has perfectly reproduced a Star Beer bottle and made it into a drinks cabinet. This picture is of the half-sized version but he can make a full standing version too. The label area opens and inside are storage shelves.

He can make any brand, any bottle, any container... just send us the photo

Specifications
Beer bottle half sized drinks cabinet:
Height: 40 in/100 cm
Width at base: 12 in/32 cm
Weight: 12 kg
All measurements approximate

These products make great promotional items - they are witty and colourful and a great talking point. We send you photos of your chest under construction so you can see how it's made

COF005 Carrot Half Sized Chest

COF005 Carrot Half Sized Chest


Price: $800.00

This carrot was made as a special order for a client to be used as a promotional item in a trade fair. Look at the details on the leaves to see how perfectly a carrot is reproduced. We can make any other vegetable or food item in this or in any of the sizes - see specifications at the bottom of this page.

Have a look at the pineapple below too.

COF030 Kente seller's coffin

COF030 Kente seller's coffin


Price: $800.00

This amazing coffin looks exactly like a pile of kente cloth from a distance. You have to touch it to realise it's just an illusion. You can buy real kente cloth in the Kente section of our shop - look at it to see how well it's reproduced by the carpenters.


COF006 Lion

COF006 Lion

Roaring into the afterlife

COF007 Pineapple

COF007 Pineapple

Not an easy subject for a chest but completely life-like

COF031 Okra

COF031 Okra

Or a vegetable... like this okra (ladies finger).

COF022 Saw

COF022 Saw

Are you a carpenter? Take your saw into the afterlife

COF023 Carpenter's Vice

COF023 Carpenter's Vice

Or perhaps the tool your prefer is a vice.

COF008 Aeroplane

COF008 Aeroplane

Take off in one of these - you can order the airline of your choice

COF024 Trainer

COF024 Trainer

Are you a runner? Choose your favourite brand of running shoe.

COF025 Leather Shoe

COF025 Leather Shoe

Perhaps you're a more formal kind of person and would prefer a leather shoe.

COF009 Gun

COF009 Gun

Are you in the army? This one is for you - even the realistic looking wheels are carved out of wood.

Fact! A Mercedes coffin
In death as in life - the most prestigious coffin to be buried in is a Mercedes Benz. It's reserved for only the most respected. The license plate on the coffin Mercedes is given the same license plate as that of the owner's real one.
Fact! A Mercedes coffin
COF010 Mercedes

COF010 Mercedes

If you have a real one, you may as well have a replica!

COF028 Truck

COF028 Truck

Maybe you would prefer a truck... this one will have the license plate from the deceased's real truck put on when it is used for the last journey.

COF011 Pink fish

COF011 Pink fish

Accra, where the Ga community in Ghana is based, is on the coast of West Africa and many people earn their living fishing.

COF026 Striped fish

COF026 Striped fish

Or how about this cheeky striped fish?

COF012 Barracuda

COF012 Barracuda

Such life like eyes - the painting plays a big part in the illusion.

COF013 Lobster

COF013 Lobster

An elaborate work of art proving that nothing is too much of a challenge for these talented carpenters

COF027 Crab

COF027 Crab

Continuing the shell fish theme... a complicated crab!

COF014 Beer

COF014 Beer

Beer sellers go to the afterlife in their favourite brand

COF021 Coca Cola

COF021 Coca Cola

So do soft drink sellers. Look at the painted detail on this bottle of Coca Cola - you can see the bubbles!

Fact! Coffins from Congo
Ga coffins show similarities to the coffins of the ancient Eleku tribe in D R Congo which had decorated canoe shaped coffins with beaks. However, the Eleku art of coffin making fell into disuse long ago before the Ga tradition started.
Fact! Coffins from Congo
COF015 Cow

COF015 Cow

You can't eat fish all the time so here's a cow - Gateway should have one of these. The carpenters can do other animals too...

COF016 Chicken

COF016 Chicken

And you can't have a cow without a chicken so here's a fine rooster

COF030 Turkey

COF030 Turkey

Or do you prefer a turkey?


COF030 Elephant

COF030 Elephant

Elephants are rare these days in Ghana but the carpenters can still make them.

COF029 Eagle

COF029 Eagle

Eagle's are traditionally used for pastor's to soar into the heavens.

COF020 Kente stool

COF020 Kente stool

This coffin is a combination of themes - a traditional stool shape with piles of kente cloth underneath.

Coffin Specifications

The inside of the chest is painted in a matching colour. The storage size inside the chest varies according to the style chosen. These are primarily decorative items not storage containers. If you would like to your own design please email us.

Decorated chests and coffins specifications
These items are hand made to order and can take up to 3 months to make
Country of originGhana
MaterialHard wood, dried and treated
ProcessCarved and painted
All dimensions are approximate.
Full sized chest dimensions
Length7 ft     2.13 m
Width3 ft     0.91 m
HeightVariable according to model chosen
Weight50 - 80 kg
 
Half sized chest dimensions
Length4 ft     1.22 m
Width3 ft     0.91 m
HeightVariable according to model chosen
Weight30 - 50 kg
 
"Table top" chest dimensions
Length2 ft     60 cm
Width1.5 ft     46 cm
HeightVariable according to model chosen
Weight3 - 10 kg
 
"Desk top" chest dimensions
Length1 ft     30 cm
Width6 ins      15 cm
HeightVariable according to model chosen
Weight2 - 5 kg
 
Shipping We ship smaller pieces by DHL. Larger pieces go by air freight. We will contact you with a shipping quote after you place your order.

Some of the photographs on this page were taken with the permission of carpenters other than ours. Our carpenters are able to produce the same items exactly.

Welcome to Thematic Boxes from Ghana

These witty pieces of work are mini-versions of the full sized coffins above. Order one of these if you don't have room in your house for a full sized version!

Artisan - Eric Kpakpo Adotuey

Eric Kpakpo Adotuey, is a young Ga man in Accra, Ghana. He finished junior school but did not have the money to go on. He did not want to be lazy, so he apprenticed with famous Ga coffin maker Paa Joe, in Nungua, Ghana. He says he likes carpentry. After nine years, he has finished his apprenticeship and has now opened his own workshop specializing in miniature coffins. His most peculiar commission was to make a womb chest for a doctor. He has made life size chests of people's pets. He can make any design you desire, just send photos.

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BXTH06 Dog Box

BXTH06 Dog Box


1 Dog Box - $240

Copy your pooch... a truly unique way to pay tribute to your favourite pet. This is a picture of a much loved dog that was reproduced by Eric... see the photo below for the "dog under construction". Not only dogs... any pet can be turned into a thematic box. Dimensions and weight vary. Place your order and then email us the photo of your pet to info@eShopAfrica.com. We will contact you with timeframe and shipping costs.

Dog under constructionDog under construction
Eric at work... first the shape is made and sculpted. Then the lid is cut out and the box is painted.
BXTH01 Chicken Box

BXTH01 Chicken Box


1 Chicken Box - $200

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This cheery rooster would cheery anyone up - he looks as if he's just about to crow and the section of his back opens so store things inside. We can customize the kind of chicken or make a different kind of bird - whatever you want.

Size: Lgth: 16" (41 cm) Ht: 16" (41 cm)

Weight: 3.6 kg

BXTH02 Snail Box

BXTH02 Snail Box


1 Snail Box - $125

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In Ghana as in France snails are a gastronomic delicacy. In other places they're favourite characters in children's books or used for racing as well as being garden inhabitants. Whatever your reason, you'll love this snail box.

Size: Lgth: 15" (38 cm) Hgt: 6.5" (16 cm)

Weight: 1.2 kg

BXTH03 Cow Box

BXTH03 Cow Box


1 Cow Box - $180

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Cows are cute too... this delightful cow is useful too as the back opens and he can be used for storing treasures. Eric can do any farm animals... or any animals at all. Email us a photo and we'll send you a quote.

Size: Lgth: 23" (58 cm) Ht: 17" (43 cm)

Weight: 3.6 kg

BXTH04 Crab Box

BXTH04 Crab Box


1 Crab Box - $200

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Feeling crabby? Literally that is! Look at this wonderful crab box. The shell opens up for storage. Look at the detail of the legs to see the skill required. Any fish or shellfish is possible - whatever you want!

Lgth: 22" (56 cm) Ht: 9" (23 cm)

Weight: 3.4 kg

BXTH05 Hot Pepper Box

BXTH05 Hot Pepper Box


1 Hot Pepper Box - $125

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This hot pepper box is a popular kitchen item. It looks exactly like a red hot pepper but opens up for storage. If you don't like hot pepper Eric can make any vegetable or fruit.

Size: Lgth: 17" (43 cm) Ht: 6" (15 cm)

Weight: 1 kg

BXTH05 Star Beer Box

BXTH05 Star Beer Box


1 Star Beer Box - $125

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After that hot pepper maybe you need a cold drink. This is a Star Beer bottle buit the front opens up for storage. But Eric can make any brand of beer or any other drink. The choice is yours. Cheers!

Size: Height: 12" (30 cm) )

Weight: .5 kg

BXTH07 Bead Box

BXTH07 Bead Box


Bead Box - $240

If you're a bead collector this is for you... Eric can make any bead you like into a box which you could then keep beads in! Dimensions and weight vary. Place your order and then email us the photo of your pet to info@eShopAfrica.com. We will contact you with timeframe and shipping costs.

We recommend this book about the history of Ga coffinsWe recommend this book about the history of Ga coffins
If you would like to know more we recommend Going into Darkness: Fantastic Coffins from Africa by Thierry Secretan available from Amazon.com.

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