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Novica Akuaba of the Ashanti Ii Wood Sculpture

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Novica Akuaba of the Ashanti Ii Wood Sculpture

Ghanaian artisan Abdulai Osman Adam reinterprets tradition with an original version of the legendary Akuaba, the fertility doll of the Ashanti people. According to legend, there once was a woman who couldn't conceive, so the village priest told her to craft a doll, dress it and look after it as she would a child. Soon she'd have a child of her own. Custom persists and many women prepare their own Akuaba doll, and when the child is born, Akuaba is given as the baby'srsists and many women prepare their own Akuaba doll, and when the child is born, Akuaba is given as the baby's first toy. Adam carves this sese wood sculpture by hand, portraying her in blue and sitting on a throne. He adorns her elaborate headdress with African wax prints in cotton.Material - Sese wood, cotton trim Color - Blue Dimension - 14.25" H x 4.3" W x 3.1" D Weight - 0.86 lbs Intended for display on a tabletop or other flat surface Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly read more

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