Carved wooden fetish doll or "Akua Mma"

Made:
1890-1910 in Africa
maker:
Ashanti people

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Carved wooden fetish doll or "Akua Mma", with characteristic flat oval head on pillar shaped body, carried by pregnant women [........] having a perfect child, representation of beauty, Asante people, Ghana, 1890-1910

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A137555
Materials:
decoration, cord, decoration, glass, beads and wood
type:
doll
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
  • statue
  • figurine
credit:
Foster