Fertility Figure – Brong introduction

Akua'ba Fertility Figure - Akan - Brong

The Brong living to the west of the Asante carved Akua'ba figure differently. The figure has typical head. Unlike the Asante disc-like, the Brong has a cylindrical head cut diagonally from the top back to the bottom front, producing a triangle in profile (E. Cameron 1996: 48-9). They were fertility dolls believed to assist barren women, to induce pregnancy or to ensure a safe delivery, and to have a beautiful healthy infant.