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Vintage

Beaded Ashanti Akan Akuaba Doll

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Beaded Ashanti Akan Akuaba Doll
Beaded Ashanti Akan Akuaba Doll
Beaded Ashanti Akan Akuaba Doll
Beaded Ashanti Akan Akuaba Doll
Beaded Ashanti Akan Akuaba Doll
Beaded Ashanti Akan Akuaba Doll

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Era:
Vintage; 1910-1950
Condition:
Very Good; missing some beads
Country of Origin:
Ghana
Materials:
wood/brass/glass beads
Size:
9" L x 3" W x 21" H
Color/Finish:
brown/mat

Why We Love This

Wonderful decorative Ashanti fertility doll from Ghana. Hand-carved wooden figure is decorated with encrusted brass foil and red and white glass beads. Traditionally, these dolls are carried on the backs of women hoping to conceive a child, or to ensure the attractiveness of the child being carried. When not in active use, the akuaba would be ritually washed and cared for. Today, these have gained currency as a general symbol of good luck.
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