akua-ba

Akua-Ba
African
Early 20th century CE
Wood
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.