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Fertility doll
Fertility doll
Fertility doll
Fertility doll
Fertility doll
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Fertility doll
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Fertility doll "Akua'ba" - Akan - Ghana
Ethnic group
Ashanti
Origin
Ghana
Provenance
From the Karl-Heinz Krieg collection - Neuenkirchen - Germany
Material
Wood
Size
33 cm
Description
Typical for such dolls is the large round flat head which is regarded as a sign of beauty by the Asante. Sometimes mothers gently pressed the face of their new born babies to give it a flatter appearance.

The figure is mounted on a metal plate.

Akua'ba or "Wednesdays' child" is a fertility doll of the Asante. They are created to fulfil a woman's' wish for an uncomplicated birth and a healthy child. For this they are "blessed" by a diviner and carried on the back of a woman like a real child. After childbirth they could be dedicated to the deity, placed on an altar or shrine or given to a young girl as a toy.

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Catalogue No.:  21-66
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