Ashanti Acua'ba Fertility Doll

c. 1950
$1,480 USD
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W: 8.0" D: 3.0" H: 19.25"
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Disc-headed Acua'ba figures such as this one served an important role in Ashanti society. They began as a promise for a beautiful child, and in the event that the child disappeared, the figure would be offered to the responsible malevolent spirit in exchange for the child's safe return. Nearly two-dimensional, and exhibiting personal flair specific to the original owner, this Acua'ba is unique in our collection. The figure is bordered with hand-formed ridges and etched with intricate patterns, and diminutive facial features convey the incredible soul of this sculptural object.

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