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    Standing with open arms, this doll symbolizes fertility according to the Ashanti people of Ghana. Her face is beautiful and expressive, and she serves as a proud emblem of tradition. Winfred Korley carves this image by hand, dressing her in beads.

    Sculpted from sese wood and adorned with intricate tribal motifs, this lovely doll is named Medimu. In Ghana's Akan language, the word means "I am special." Daniel Nyadedzor presents an image given to a woman by her husband or parents during festivals to express their appreciation

    Victor Yao Delanyo crafts an ornate representation of Akuaba, the fertility doll of the Akan people. According to legend, there once was a woman who couldn't conceive, so the village priest told her to craft a doll, dress it and look after it as she would a child. Soon she'd have a child of her own. Custom persists and many women prepare their own Akuaba doll, and when the child is born, Akuaba is given as the baby's first toy. Delanyo carves b

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    In what is now central Ghana, at some time in the distant past, a young Asante woman named Akua (Wednesday born) was having trouble conceiving a child (ba.) The local priest divined that Akua should commission a woodcarving of a little child, treat it as though it were a living infant, carrying it on her back, feed it, sleep with it, and give it gifts. Akua became pregnant, and her example has been followed by others struggling with infertility...and the carvings are called akua'ba, in her honor