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Ashanti Statue (N° 23845)

Used among the Ashanti and Fantis of Ghana, Akuaba (plural Akua'mma) doll statuettes are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. Most of the time with a stylized appearance, this specimen has a flat and circular head surmounting a more naturalistic morphology with marked curves. The often ringed neck also symbolizes prosperity.
Speckled semi-matte brown patina, orange reflections.
Carried on the backs of women, these statues are also accompanied by various rites, such as the ingestion of a potion, or the placing 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 order to witness its effectiveness. Locally abraded glossy black patina.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyAshanti
Countryghana
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm44
Width18 cm
Weight0.42 Kg

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