Coffin statuettes

Special works carved by Paa Joe

Paa Joe is a master of carving and his coffin statuettes are outstanding. They are normally used only for very important funerals, so it is difficult to see them. But after the funeral these beautifully carved sculptures must be returned to Paa Joe, they are not buried with the coffin.

In order to study Paa Joe’s carving methods, Regula Tschumi ordered from him in 2004 a set of 5 figures. In 2006 she commissioned some more statuettes which were later shown in the Art Museum Berne and which are now in R. Tschumi’s collection.

Some of Paa Joe’s statuettes were shown in the Kunstmuseum Berne in 2006.