Asante Ghana Akua'ba African Fertility Statue with Large Round Head 8HPN# AFR03
The Asante tribe lives in Central and South Ghana on the African Subcontinent. Together with other tribes from this area, they form the Akan Peoples. The artistic tradition of the Asante has had a great influence on all decorative art from Ghana. The Asante sculptures of Ghana are famous for their figurines of women, known as Akua'ba. They are usually between 8 to 16 inches in height and have a big, round flat head on a stylized body. This shape fits the ideal of feminine beauty of the Akan women: a high, flat forehead, small mouth and long neck.
- Part of the Parastone Museum Collection of African artifact reproductions. (AFR03)
- Replica statue after an original Asante African Fertility Figurine from the 19th century.
Asante Fertility Statue is made from resin with a wood finish, black metal base.
Measures 8 in H x 3.5 in W x 1.25 in D. Weighs 1.6 lbs
The Akan people attribute supernatural powers to this sacred figurine. It stimulates female fertility and helps to conquer infertility. Women carry it with them at all times and treat it like a real child. When the figurine has proven its worth, it is added to the house altar. The small incisions in the face are meant to protect the child against the fits. The other peoples of Ghana also know their own Aku'ba. For instance, the fertility figurines of the Fante have rectangular heads and those of the Bono have triangular heads.
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