Akwaba figure

Ashanti people, Ghana – Early 20th Century – Wood, beads
31,5 cm


Private collection, France

Galerie Rachel Montagut, Barcelona (1990)

Private collection, Spain


Ashanti carvers are known for their female dolls, called akwaba, which are between 20 and 40 cm tall, with elongated bodies and large circular heads. These dolls are believed to have the power to enable infertile women to conceive, and are worn and treated as real children. When they are no longer in use, they are placed on domestic altars.

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