Large Antique African Ashanti Akuaba Fertility Doll
Large Antique African Ashanti Akuaba Fertility Doll
Large Antique African Ashanti Akuaba Fertility Doll
Large Antique African Ashanti Akuaba Fertility Doll
Large Antique African Ashanti Akuaba Fertility Doll
Large Antique African Ashanti Akuaba Fertility Doll
Large Antique African Ashanti Akuaba Fertility Doll
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Large Antique African Ashanti Akuaba Fertility Doll

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Charming early 20th century Ashanti Akuaba doll from Ghana. A particularly large example with a great patina and interesting geometric carving to the back of the head. // Disk-headed akuaba figures remain one of the most recognisable forms in African art. Akuaba are used in a variety of contexts; primarily, however, they are consecrated by priests and carried by women who hope to conceive a child. The flat, disk-like head with a high, oval forehead is a strongly exaggerated convention of the Akan ideal of beauty. The flattened shape of the sculpture also serves a practical purpose, since women carry the figures against their backs wrapped in their skirt, evoking the manner that infants are carried.