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The Ashanti people see women as the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are the most common themes represented in Ashanti wood carvings. These wooden figurines were worn by pregnant women, tight in their loincloth, to ensure the arrival of beautiful children.


Ashanti female figure
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This African statuette, seated on a stool, has a ringed neck, a headdress with parallel shells, and a straight back, hands on the knees. It is probably a queen or ancestor figure.
Lustrous two-tone patina. Cracks and abrasions. The Ashanti are one of the ethnic groups belonging to the Akan group, established on the former Gold Coast, Ghana since 1957. Producers of commemorative terracotta linked to funeral rites, the Akan have also mastered metal casting. This people consider the woman as the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are therefore the most common themes represented in Ashanti wood carvings. Maternity figures called esi mansa adorn royal or family altars. They frequently represent a woman nursing her child.


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Ashanti Akua ba doll
Tribal art > African Dolls > Ashanti doll

Ex-French African art collection.
Used among the Ashanti and Fantis of Ghana, the Akuaba (plural Akua'mma)doll statuettes are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identified by their stylized appearance. Their flat and circular head has a high forehead occupying the upper part, the features are generally drawn in the lower third of the head. This doll is of an unusual type, its stretched form carrying a small cubic bust on which the breasts point.
Black glossy patina. Worn on the back of women, these statues are also accompanied by various rites, such as the ingestion of a potion, or the placement of the object on the family altar. After the birth of the child, the sculpture is used as a toy, and sometimes still offered to the healer in ...


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Fertility doll Akuaba Ashanti
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Fertility symbols in African art Ashanti
This stylized female figure is called Akua'ba (plural Akua'mma). It has traditional features: a flat, circular head surmounting a tubular bust with horizontal arms. A similar miniature effigy, depicting the child, is housed in the textile of which it is draped. These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, huddled in their loincloths, to ensure the arrival of beautiful children. The overwhelming majority of these statues are female, with breasts.

Shanti are one of the ethnic groups of Ghana (formerly "), part of the Akan group, living in a forested area. Like other people living in the central and southern part of Ghana, she speaks a language of the Twi group. This people regard women as the final arbiter of all ...

Ghana s Akua ba Ashanti dolls
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Used by the Ashanti and Fantis of Ghana, Akuaba (plural Akua'mma) doll statuettes are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identifiable by their stylized appearance. Their flat, circular head has a high front occupying the upper part, the lines usually appear in the lower third of the head. A beauty brand, the ringed neck also symbolizes prosperity. Worn behind the backs of women, these statues are also accompanied by various rituals, such as the ingestion of a potion, or the arrangement of the object on the family altar. After the birth of the child, the sculpture serves as a toy, and sometimes still offered to the healer in order to witness its effectiveness. This ancient doll depicts the mother carrying her child behind her back, firmly held by a draped ...





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