Akua'ba Fertility figure

Type: figure
Exhibits: Cycle of Life
Tribes: Akan peoples, Asante group
Location: Ghana
Period: 20th Century
Materials: Beads, Wood
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The style of this sculpture is rare among other examples of akua'ba, due to its miniaturized size and left unpainted, while most Asante's figures are painted black. Otherwise she retained all the other classic appearance: disc-liked head, legless and highly stylized body. The rings on the figure's neck are a standard convention for rolls of fat, a sign of beauty, health, and prosperity in Akan culture. 

Akua'ba Fertility figure
Akua'ba Fertility figure