Ashanti akuaba fertility doll
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 still has some of the original beadwork as stylised hair together with strings around the neck and the base although a couple of the hair strings have been lost over the years. It stands 39cm tall and has been mounted on a modern acrylic base to make it more stable.
This is a really nice early example of these dolls.