The fantasy coffins of Ghana are functional coffins made by specialised carpenters in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. These colourful objects which have developed out of the figurative palanquins are not only coffins, but considered real works of art, were shown for the first time to a wider Western public in the exhibition Les Magiciens de la terre at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris in 1989.

Here Thomas Morton investigates how and why they are made.

For Vice Guide to Everything – MTV