Maternity figure (6) - Wood - Akua ba - Asante - Ghana

Description
Maternity figure (6) - Wood - Akua ba - Asante - Ghana
2nd half 20th century - As new - unused

Lot of 6 sitting Akua ba's, maternity figurines.

The original Akua ba dolls are carried on the back of women either hoping to conceive a child, or to ensure the attractiveness of the child being carried. When not in active use, the akua'ba would be ritually washed and cared for."

These Akua ba's are nursing a child and are ment to prosper motherhood after the child is born.


Provenance:
Private collection of Floris van Luin, The Netherlands.





Lot details
Total nr of items
6
Object
Maternity figure
Indigenous object name
Akua ba
Ethnic group/ culture
Asante
Region/ country
Ghana
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
As new - unused
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
26×6×11 cm
Weight
1.5 kg
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