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Poupée Ashanti Akua ba (N° 18582)
Fertility wishes in African art Ashanti.
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This stylized female figure, called Akua'ba (plural Akua'mma), has features specific to ashanti dolls, usually devoid of legs: flat, circular head surmounting a cylindrical bust with horizontal arms. Fine coloured pearl necklaces contrast with the particularly lustrous dark patina. These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, huddled in their loincloths, to ensure the arrival of beautiful children. The overwhelming majority of these statues are female, with breasts.
Shanti are one of the ethnic groups in Ghana (formerly Côte de l'Or), part of the Akan group, living in a forested area. Like other people living in the central and southern part of Ghana, she speaks a language of the Twi group. This people regard 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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