Early 20th century CE
Height: 10 inches

This West African figure is an Akua-Ba, a fertility doll used by the Asante people that inhabit southern Ghana. This particular Akua-Ba was produced in the early twentieth century and is made of wood. Akua-Ba dolls are worn by women who are trying to conceive. They symbolize a healthy and well-formed child. Women often wear them in their hair or tied onto a sash. This figure has many of the typical traits of Akua-Ba dolls: a large, round head, sunken brows and nose, trunk-like body, and joined eyes and brows over an elongated nose.


© 2014 Georgetown College • 400 East College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324 • 1-800-788-9985

Georgetown College admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin.