Doll - Wood - Akuaba - Ashanti - Côte d'Ivoire

Description
Doll - Wood - Akuaba - Ashanti - Côte d'Ivoire
Mid 20th century - As new - unused

Ashanti Akuaba Female Fertility doll - Mid XXth - Perfect condition.

NO RESERVE PRICE AUCTION.

Black shiny patina wood, T-shaped arms, ringed neck, eyes split in middle like on cowrie shells , round face with scarification's on the back, small breasts

Women carry the Akuaba's on their backs before and during pregnancy and treat them as real children and cover them with jewelry beads. The drawings on the back of the head give the kid's personality and is some kind of zodiacal sign.
After childbirth, the Akuaba is placed on an altar, or given to the child.

Estimated age: 1980's

Photo 1 : Asanta Atano shrine- Kumasi region, Ghana- 1976

Photo 2: An akua'ba tucked into the wrapper of an Asante woman.
Photograph by Herbert M. Cole, Ghana, 1972

Height 39 cm.
H= 43cm, on the custom made wood stand.

Lot details
Object
Doll
Indigenous object name
Akuaba
Ethnic group/ culture
Ashanti
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
As new - unused
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
39×14×5 cm
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