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20th C. African Ashanti Wood Fertility Figure
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West Africa, Ghana, Ashanti (also Asante, Achanti) people, ca. mid-20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden fertility figure known as an akau ba (also akauba) painted in brown pigment. The figure presents with rod-shaped body, a pair of projecting arms, a slender neck with several incised rings, and a discoid head with a minimalist countenance beneath a crosshatch scarification panel. The figure is embellished with a set of blue-and-white trade bead strands around the waist as well as additional strands of black, white, and red beads around the neck. The name, Akua ba, comes from a legend of a woman (Akua) who wanted to have children (ba) but could not, until a priest suggested she carry a small wooden doll and treat it like a child. Even though her local villagers laughed at her, she soon conceived a real child, and the practice became accepted. These dolls are always female because this is a matrilineal society, and so women prefer female children to carry on their family line. Size: 6.875" W x 16.125" H (17.5 cm x 41 cm)

Provenance: Tambaran Gallery, New York, New York, USA

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Repairs to tips of both arms, with minor nicks and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions to head, body, and base, with light softening to some finer details, and light encrustations. Nice patina and traces of pigment throughout.
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20th C. African Ashanti Wood Fertility Figure

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Dec 12, 2019
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0132: 20th C. African Ashanti Wood Fertility Figure

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Lot 0132 Details

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**Holiday Shipping Deadlines**
USA Domestic: 12/14 for Standard; 12/23 for Express


International: 12/7 for Standard; 12/19 for Express


West Africa, Ghana, Ashanti (also Asante, Achanti) people, ca. mid-20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden fertility figure known as an akau ba (also akauba) painted in brown pigment. The figure presents with rod-shaped body, a pair of projecting arms, a slender neck with several incised rings, and a discoid head with a minimalist countenance beneath a crosshatch scarification panel. The figure is embellished with a set of blue-and-white trade bead strands around the waist as well as additional strands of black, white, and red beads around the neck. The name, Akua ba, comes from a legend of a woman (Akua) who wanted to have children (ba) but could not, until a priest suggested she carry a small wooden doll and treat it like a child. Even though her local villagers laughed at her, she soon conceived a real child, and the practice became accepted. These dolls are always female because this is a matrilineal society, and so women prefer female children to carry on their family line. Size: 6.875" W x 16.125" H (17.5 cm x 41 cm)

Provenance: Tambaran Gallery, New York, New York, USA

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#149095
Condition
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Repairs to tips of both arms, with minor nicks and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions to head, body, and base, with light softening to some finer details, and light encrustations. Nice patina and traces of pigment throughout.

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