The Akua'ba doll expresses the Ashanti ideal
of beauty; a long neck and a round flat face with a high forehead
and small mouth. The fertility doll is carried in a woman's skirt band
to ensure fertility as well as to have a perfect and beautiful child! The
word "Akua" means born of Wednesday and "Ba" means child. The
doll also serves another function & that is for young girls to acquaint
themselves with the role of motherhood. Often times, the back of the
carving has patterns incised in the head which is believed to ward
off evil spirits. This one is beautifully embellished with a variety of beads.
Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Height: 9" x Width: 3 ¼" x Depth: 1" - Height on the 4 ½" x 4 ¼" base is 10 15/16".