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Ashnati doll (N° 21812)
Vows of fertility in African art Ashanti.
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Stylized sculpture named Akua'ba (plural Akua'mma) presenting features specific to Ashanti dolls which are generally devoid of legs: flat and circular head surmounting a cylindrical bust with horizontal arms. Thin colored pearl necklaces contrast with the dark patina.
Locally abraded satin black patina.
These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, tight in their loincloth, to ensure the arrival of beautiful children. The overwhelming majority of these statues are female, with breasts.
The Ashanti are one of the ethnic groups of Ghana (former "Gold Coast"), part of the Akan group, living in a covered region of forests. Like other populations living in the central and southern part of Ghana, she speaks a language of the Twi group. These people consider women as the final arbiter of all decisions.
Fertility and children are the most common themes depicted in Ashanti wood carvings.
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