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    Description

    (A)Fante (Ghana)
    Child Figure, akua ba (Akua's child)
    Wood, beads, traces of pigment
    Height: 11 ¾ inches Width: 2 1/8 inches

    (B) Bono/Brong (a northern Akan group, Ghana)
    Child Figure, akua ba
    Wood, fiber, beads
    Height: 11 inches Width: 2 1/2 inches

    (A)A schematic human image of the torso and head of a female child is shown with breasts but without arms. The head is a vertical, nearly rectangular plank rising from a ringed neck. The features, set low on the head, comprise an upside down U and a nose in low relief, with eyes as punched circular holes. Beads are attached around the lower torso, which is marked with incised scars.
    Such images are commissioned by a pregnant woman or one wishing to become pregnant, consecrated at a shrine, carried and cared for by the future mother, and occasionally given to the resulting child as a doll to play with.
    There is moderate abrasion at the top of the head and the base.

    (B)A solid cylindrical body supports a ringed neck, on which is a head with a slanting porfile, with facial features in low relief, This figure was used as were the other akua ma.
    The condition is good.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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