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Ashanti doll (N° 23403)
Wishes of fertility in African art Ashanti.
Female figure called Akua'ba (plural Akua'mma), offering a geometric and stylized morphology: flat and circular head surmounting a cylindrical bust framed by horizontal arms. Thin necklaces of colored pearls contrast with the satin orange patina.
These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, tight in their loincloth, to ensure the birth of healthy children. The overwhelming majority of these statues have female attributes.
The Ashanti are one of the ethnic groups of Ghana (former "Gold Coast"), part of the Akan group, living in a region covered with forests. Just like other people living in the central and southern part of Ghana, she speaks a language of the Twi group. This people considers the woman as the final arbiter of all decisions.
Fertility and children are the most common themes depicted in Ashanti wood carvings.
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