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Ashanti Ghana doll (N° 17872)

Akuaba (plural Akua'mma )doll statuettes are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identified by their structure. Their circular head has a high forehead occupying the upper part, the features are usually drawn in the lower third of the head. The latter is carried by a cylindrical body whose arms develop in right angle. The legs are absent, the trunk integrating directly into a slightly wider base. Oiled mahogany patina.
This people consider the woman as the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are the most frequent themes evoked in Ashanti wood sculptures. This ethnic group built a relatively democratic society based on the moral value of the individual. The Ashanti founded a monarchy in the 17th century. The identities of the various Akan ethnic groups have been influenced by both Islam and Christianity.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm42
Width18 cm
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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