Title: Fertility figure (akua'ba)
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Title: Fertility figure (akua'ba)
Physical Description: Wood, Glass Beads, Wire, 11 x 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (27.9 x 13.3 x 4.4 cm)
Creator: Asante People , 20th Century
Donor: McGalliard, Rod ( donor )
 Subjects
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Ghana
 Notes
Abstract: Akua’ ba or “child of Akua” figures are recommended by Asante priests for women who have problems with fertility or childbearing. The figure embodies characteristics of Asante ideal beauty and health – a large rounded forehead, even features and a ringed neck –reflecting the desire to have a healthy and beautiful child. Some figures are further embellished by the addition of ornaments, given as gifts from the prospective mother. The finely beaded strands on the neck and head of this figure recall the Asante use of opulent beaded ornaments as signs of a woman’s beauty, wealth and prestige.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083056
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: 2002.39.2

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