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An antique, carved for and tribally used, a beautiful and yet, most uncommon style of Akuaba doll, nearly always, when from these two Ghana tribal peoples, they have the oversized round disk head, as representing the moon goddess, she, being associated with fertility. Genuinely old, this dates from the end of the 19th century to first quarter of this last century. Unusual in many aspects beyond its oval small head with protruding disc eyes, its scooped out face, the carving at back of the head, the arm representations and, breasts so delicate and tiny, it must represent a very young girl. Mounted nicely on a wood stand, the color deep, these mostly all are with a blackened surface, untouched, never waxed, (it would glow). Hopeful for offspring, women carried these in their clothing, when or if such purpose was fulfilled, she puts it on her domestic altar, where it is worshipped in a shrine, or she passes it on to the next generation. Fine condition, 15" tall, 16.25 with its base.

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UNUSUAL AKAN OR ASHANTI FERTILITY DOLL

Estimate $175 - $300Jan 13, 2019
Cuddebackville, NY, USA