Scultura - Legno - Ashanti - Ghana

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Scultura - Legno - Ashanti - Ghana
Condizioni discrete

An Ashanti Akuaba fertility puppet in shape of a torso, blackened to greyish, patina;

"Disk-headed akuaba figures remain one of the most recognizable forms in African art. Akua ba are used in a variety of contexts; primarily, however, they are consecrated by priests and carried by women who hope to conceive a child. The flat, disklike head is a strongly exaggerated convention of the Akan ideal of beauty: a high, oval forehead, slightly flattened in actual practice by gentle modeling of an infant's soft cranial bones. The flattened shape of the sculpture also serves a practical purpose, since women carry the figures against their backs wrapped in their skirt, evoking the manner that infants are carried. The rings on the figure's neck are a standard convention for rolls of fat, a sign of beauty, health, and prosperity in Akan culture. The delicate mouth of the figure is small and set low on the face. The small scars just discernible below the eyes of this figure refer to a local medical practice as protection against convulsions.

Dettagli lotto
Oggetto
Scultura
Etnia/cultura
Ashanti
Regione / Paese
Ghana
Materiale
Legno
Condizioni
Condizioni discrete
Con supporto incluso
No
Dimensioni
27×0×0 cm
Peso
160 g
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