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Fanti doll (N° 23425) Deposit sale

African Fanti art is illustrated by its fertility dolls worn by pregnant women, who must not lay eyes on a deformed being for fear of conceiving such a child. On the other hand, looking at these dolls, expressions of idealized beauty, they are supposed to favor the appearance of their future children.
This limbless statuette is adorned with fine glass bead necklaces and has a medium brown patina. These dolls carved among the Fante or Fanti, an Akan population of the coastal regions of Ghana, the former Gold Coast, form a different version of those of the Ashanti. Their function is however more or less similar. The head here adopts a rectangular shape.  

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OriginCollection française
EthnyFanti
Countryghana
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm23
Width4 cm
Weight0.05 Kg

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