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Creator Nationality: Africa, Ghana, Fanti, 19th century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Ghana, Fanti, 19th century
Title: Female Figure (akuaba)
Title Type: Primary
Creation Start Date: 1865
Creation End Date: 1875
Creation Date: c. 1870
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood and hair
Dimensions: Overall: 42.9cm x 4.6cm x 5.1cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1975.158
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Style or Period: Africa, Ghana, Fanti, 19th century
Context: Akuaba dolls were carried on the backs of pregnant women (or those who hoped to conceive) as a kind of prayer for a healthy, beautiful child. Note the attention given to the head -- a tall, rectangular form with an intricate pattern on the back and topped by braided tufts of hair. Notice also the ringed neck -- a reference to creases, a supreme sign of beautiful corpulence. Many of these dolls are treated with special care for generations, becoming family heirlooms appreciated for their beauty and their reference to well-loved family members.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1975.158
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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