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Ashanti Statue (N° 25476)

Most of the time modest in size, these statuettes supposed to promote fertility among Ashanti and Fanti women in Ghana, can grow in height, like this example. This statue Akuaba (plural Akua'mma) however adopts the stylized criteria in force, the features appearing here in very subtle relief, overlooking the ringed neck. The tubular bust rests on a slightly wider base. Light golden patina, slight chips from use.
Carried on the backs 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 order to witness its effectiveness. Glossy black patina locally abraded.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyAshanti
Countryghana
Material(s)wood
Height cm62
Width20 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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