27/01/2012 11:07 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Quirky Coffins Take Centre Stage At Southbank Centre's 'Death' Festival

Quirky coffins take centre stage at Southbank Centre's 'Death' festival Photo: Wenn

As Solomon opined at the beginning of Ecclesiastes, death is the great leveler - "All share a common destiny-the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad".

That's as maybe, but just because we are all going to suffer the same eventual fate doesn't mean we have to have identikit funerals. Step forward the exhibits of Boxed: Fabulous Coffins From UK and Ghana - part of Death: Southbank Centre's Festival for the Living.

The collection features a fascinating array of bespoke coffins in non-traditional designs, from a giant cocoa bean to a lion and from a person-sized to guitar to a corkscrew. The unique coffins come from the famous Pa Joe workshop in Ghana and (in case you're contemplating a more personal vessel in which to spend your posthumous years but can't get to Ghana) Crazy Coffins in Nottingham.

Take a look at just a few of the unusual coffins in the gallery below:

Boxed: Fabulous Coffins From UK and Ghana, until 29 Jan, Southbank Centre