Africa | Fertility doll from the Fante people of Ghana | Wood, glass beads and real hair | These figures used to be carried by young women in order to get pregnant and give birth to a healthy and beautiful child
CEREMONIAL CONTAINER, “Ark of the World” Wood, pigment Africa, Mali, Dogon tribe 19th Century Among the Dogon peoples, the “ceremonial container of the ancestors” also called “ark of the world”, is kept in the lineage’s family house. It represents the ark in which the first “Nomo”, the mythical progenitor of mankind, descended to earth, along with his “sons” — four pairs of male and female twins — and everything made in heaven by Amma, the creator.
Akuaba doll Ethnic Group: Asante Country of Origin: Ghana, Africa Measurement: 42x 17,5x 7x (cm) Materials: Wood Approximate Age: Mid 20th century Collected between 1980 and 1995. Overall Condition: Good Damage, Repair: Wear and tear More information will be added soon.
Ashanti, Akuba fertility doll - Probably the most famous of traditional African sculptures, the Akua'ba is a stylized figure carried by girls and women to promote their fertility and to ensure the beauty and health of their offspring. The round, flat disc heads, columnar body with outstretched arms and smooth, black surface convey the Asante (or Ashanti) ideal of beauty.