An old Asante Akua'ba figure from the members of a large complex of Akan peoples in southeastern Ivory Coast and southern Ghana. The most famous of all Akan sculptures is the small female figures called Akua'ba. These are dolls carried by girls and women to promote their ability to conceive and ensure the beauty of their offspring. The round, flat disc heads, columnar body with outstretched arms and smooth surface convey the Asante (or Ashanti) ideal of beauty. This beautiful Akua'ba doll measures about 13 3/4" in height.
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