Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
|Indigenous object name:||AKUABA|
|Ethnic group/ culture:||Asante|
|Condition:||Vintage - used with visible signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
Giving birth to a child is a singular rite of passage for a Ghanaian woman. The inability to conceive is cause for suspicion of poor health, even witchcraft. The traditional solution for the barren woman is the AKUA’ BA DOLL. More than a “doll” in the Western sense, an AKUA’ BA DOLL is a surrogate child, wrapped in cloth and carried on the back as one would carry a normal African baby; suckled and put to bed like a real child. An AKUA’ BA DOLL is a good luck charm, an attempt to lobby the fertility gods for a child.
According to legend, a barren woman named Akua went to a traditional priest for help. He instructed her to commission a small wooden child and carry it on her back, treating it as if it were a living child. This subjected her to ridicule in the village, and the term “Akua’ ba” (“child of Akua”) was born. In time, however, Akua conceived, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. Of a sudden, carrying an AKUA’ BA DOLL became common practice, a symbol of hope for barren women. So prevalent did they become, in fact, that even pregnant women took to carrying them—to ensure a healthy child. The disc-shaped head and the neck depicting rolls of fat are ideals of Ashanti beauty. They once molded the shape of their newborns’ heads in such a way.
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Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Très belle pièce dynamique. Merci beaucoup également pour la livraison très rapide et "propre"Thank you
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Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Beautiful statue.Good packaging and quick sendingThank you
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.very beautiful old teke, quickly sent, perfect thank you.Thank you
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Objet totalement conforme et reçu rapidement. Merci pour David Malik.Thank you very much
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Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Bella statuetta un po' lunga la spedizione 25/06 arrivo 15/07Thank you
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Wonderful piece !Thank you
Very nice item. Prompt shipping, well packed. Recommended.Thank you !
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Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Well received this fair old piece in a perfect protection packing.
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Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Zeer snelle levering van een uitstekend verpakte ,prachtige weefkatrolThank you
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Great piece! Fast delivery! Good contact! A+++++++Thank you
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.L`organisation de la vente était parfaite. La statue correspond aux photos, mais elle est très mal soclée, contrairement à l`annonce de la vente.
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