Ashanti akuaba fertility doll 2
Akuaba carved wooden fertility dolls are used by the Akan people of Ghana. This one with the round head is typically from the Ashanti tribe. These dolls were consecrated by a local priest and then carried by women to help ensure that they conceive and help ensure the attractiveness of the child.
These dolls have exaggerated stylised features which represent the ideal of beauty and health of the tribe. The high oval flattened forehead, the small mount and the neck rolls to symbolise prosperity.
This doll is a lovely old example and appears to have some residual paint or colouring on the forehead and lips. The body is smooth and has gained a lovely shiny patina from many years of handling. This is a nice small example standing about 18cm high.