Akuaba fertility doll
Early 20th century
Height: 11 ¾ in. – 30 cm
Ex collection Dr. John Finley (1946-2019), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Ex collection Gregory Ghent, Santa Fe, USA
Ex collection Jo de Buck, Brussels
In terms of symbolism, the flat, disk-like head represents an ideal of beauty. The ringed neck, depicting rolls of fat, are symbols of beauty and prosperity. The small scars seen on the face of the akua’ba were made for medicinal purposes as protection against convulsions.