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Asante Wooden Akua'ba Doll - PF.4858
Origin: Southern Ghana
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 18.75" (47.6cm) high x 6.125" (15.6cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood and Beads

Location: United States
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When art is used as a ritual instrument, as is often the case in African societies, a certain established form develops. The Akua'ba doll is one of the most attractive examples in this category, and when a variation occurs it is of particular interest. This beautiful doll differs from the more abstract Akua'ba by possessing arms and feet. The doll is no longer the longed for baby, but the mother herself who is hoping for a healthy birth. She cups the sides of her stomach with her eyes closed, as if mediating with benevolent spirits. A string of lovely beads encircle her waist and neck as symbols of wealth. Her pointed breasts are ready for the infant, and in fact, the slight bend of the knees suggests she may be ready to give birth any moment. This Akua'ba represents the archetype Asante female - proud, noble and courageous, soon to be blessed with a beautiful baby of her own. - (PF.4858)


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