Fruchtbarkeitspuppe - hard hout - Akuaba - Achantis - Ghana

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Fruchtbarkeitspuppe - hard hout - Akuaba - Achantis - Ghana
2e helft 20e eeuw - Uitstekend

Ghana
Ashanti
Hardwood
50 x 17 x 6 cm
400 g

The Ashanti are part of the Akan ethnic group, who live in southern Ghana and eastern Ivory Coast. The doll has the typical stylistic shape: a cylindrical body, horizontal, protruding stubby arms and a disc-shaped, circular or oval head. The long, ringed neck is ranks as their ideal of beauty.
According to legend, a childless Ashanti woman named ‘Akua’ went to a soothsayer to ask his advice on how to get pregnant. He advised her to have a wooden child carved and to look after it like a real baby. She swaddled, fed and bathed the wooden doll and became pregnant. Since then, fertility dolls carved from wood have been called ‘Akuaba’. Many women, who have waited in vain for pregnancy and yearn for a child, carry such Akuaba dolls on their backs, in the same way they would carry their baby. Akuabas are also used by young girls as play dolls.
This Ashanti fertility doll is a unique piece, hand carved by local craftsmen in Ghana.

Kavelgegevens
Object
Fruchtbarkeitspuppe
Inheemse naam van het object
Akuaba
Etnische groep / cultuur
Achantis
Regio / land
Ghana
Materiaal
hard hout
Periode
2e helft 20e eeuw
Staat
Uitstekend
Verkocht met standaard
Nee
Afmetingen
50×17×6 cm
Gewicht
400 g
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