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Ashanti doll (N° 22608)
Used among the Ashanti and the Fantis of Ghana, the 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. A mark of beauty, the often ringed neck also symbolizes prosperity.
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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.