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Figurative doll - Wood - AKUABA - Asante - Ghana

Lot reference 28881381
Figurative doll - Wood - AKUABA - Asante - Ghana

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Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Object: Figurative doll
Indigenous object name: AKUABA
Ethnic group/ culture: Asante
Region/ country: Ghana
Material: Wood
Condition: Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 38.5×15×6 cm

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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    Très belle pièce dynamique. Merci beaucoup également pour la livraison très rapide et "propre"
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    Granderue October 5, 2019

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    uitstekend overgekomen!
    snel bezorgd, mooi tribal-stuk.
    Weet U mogelijk de ouderdom er van ?
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    Transaction parfaite !
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    user-0655e10 September 9, 2019

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    tommyrecaro September 6, 2019

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    Beautiful statue.Good packaging and quick sending
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    hanzeman September 3, 2019

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    very beautiful old teke, quickly sent, perfect thank you.
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    Yannick5623 August 28, 2019

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    Objet totalement conforme et reçu rapidement. Merci pour David Malik.
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    collet37 August 21, 2019

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    Bella statuetta un po' lunga la spedizione 25/06 arrivo 15/07
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    Wonderful piece !
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    Scherli July 15, 2019

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  • Very nice item. Prompt shipping, well packed. Recommended.

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    Le masque Dan-Kran se distingue par sa grande originalité due à de multiples détails pittoresques. Un excellent achat. Merci
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    Well received this fair old piece in a perfect protection packing.
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    Leider beim Transport zerstört. Abwicklung lief unproblematisch, Geld zurück erhalten
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    Zeer snelle levering van een uitstekend verpakte ,prachtige weefkatrol
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    Great piece! Fast delivery! Good contact! A+++++++
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    somniosus June 26, 2019

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    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.
    Tant pis!!!!
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    Eine sehr schöne Statue, wie beschrieben .Gut verpackt
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    ricevuto in ordine e ben imballato. Grazie. Gogo42
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