Akua Ba Fertility Doll – Ashanti – Ghanaamazigh
Mid 20th century. Wood, cm 39,2 x cm. 8,0 (15.43” x 3.15” ). Grams 145,3 (5.13 oz)
Akua Ba are wooden ritual fertility dolls from Ghana and nearby areas. The best known Akua Ba are those of the Ashanti people, whose akua’ba have large, disc-like heads.
Traditionally, these dolls are carried on the back of women either hoping to conceive a child, or to ensure the attractiveness of the child being carried. When not in active use, the akua’ba would be ritually washed and cared for.