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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.
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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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