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Fertility doll Akua'ba Ghana (N° 14441)

These people consider women to be the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are the most common themes mentioned in the wooden sculptures Ashanti. This ethnic group has built a relatively democratic society based on the moral value of the individual.
The Ashanti founded a monarchy as early as the 17th century. The identities of the various ethnic groups Akan were influenced by both Islam and Christianity.

Their dolls Akuaba (plural Akua'mma) are easily identifiable by their characteristic shape. They consist of a flat circular head, the majority of which is reserved for the forehead, the facies themselves occupying only the lower third of the head.
This last one is carried by a small cylindrical body whose arms develop at a right angle. The legs are absent, the trunk integrating directly into a slightly wider base.
These dolls are from the collection of the painter 'a target''blank' href'' Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a target''-blank' href'' Ruth Engstfeld-Schremper , a greal istheliste artist.  

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OriginEx. collection Engstfeld
Height cm28
Width7 cm
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated datingn/a

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