Art and Architecture in Northern Ghana

by Fred T. Smith
Kent State University

A Frafra woman making a pot, northern Ghana. Photo by Fred T. Smith, 1973.

The decoration on non-ritual pottery and other craft items is classified by the Frafra as pupurego, which also means, "embellished or made more attractive." Yet, in this case, the intention of the decoration is to increase its commercial value. Still, the Frafra do not make aesthetic judgments, at least publicly. In other words, they do not have a definite voiced aesthetic for the visual arts. To criticize or to engage in critical analysis is considered to be a form of anti-social or disruptive behavior.