Ashanti doll provenance: Donald Taitt, an abstract painter from Paris
African hand carved Ashanti dolls also known as a Fertility doll.
According to the myths of the Ashanti Fertility doll, the bearer of such a doll will give birth to beautiful and healthy children. Having Children in African culture is highly desirable and an indicator of prosperity.
Coming from from Ghana in western Africa, the Akuaba doll is given to a Akan or Ashanti woman who is wanting to become pregnant. The doll is carried by the wishful woman around here wais and is cared for as if it were an actual baby while she is waiting for conception to occur. The women carries the doll and treats it like a real child, dressing it up, adorning it with jewelry and putting it to bed. Once birth is achieved the doll will be handed down to the child who will receive the fertility doll as a toy which in turns teaches the child how to cares for a young baby.
Drawings on the back give the child a unique personality, and reflects the dreams of the mother. After birth the doll is given to the child to play with.
On a custom made stand.
- Indigenous object name
- Akuaba-Provenance Donald Taitt
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- 1st half 20th century
- Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 21×10×3 cm