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Fante Doll Figure with High Hairstyle Ghana African

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Product #: 110923
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Title Fante Doll Figure with High Hairstyle Ghana African
Type of Object Figure, Carving, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Ghana
People Fante
Materials Wood, pigment, horse hair.
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 18 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Cracks, loose hair, faded patina, chips and general wear; see pictures for details


Additional Information: Carved doll with flat head  with a high coiffure decorated with geometric designs to the back. This doll is made of light wood and features an armless and legless female figure. It was made by the Fante people. This is a particularly good example of Fante carving in both details and form.


The Fante are members of a larger culture and language group known as the Akan, that includes the Asante among others. Carved wooden figures such as this are found among all of the Akan, serving a number of different uses. Women have small figures carved to insure fertility and the birth of healthy children. Known as Aqua'ba these small figures would be carried by the women in bands around their waists or after giving birth they would place the Aqua'ba in shrines as marks of their appreciation to the local spirits. Some Aqua'ba are highly abstracted while a few others are carved naturalistically. What distinguishes this figure uniquely as Fante is the stylized headdress of strands of hair being brought to a point, which can be seen among the Fante today. The fact that the wood was not painted and left in its natural wood color also indicates coastal Fante origin.


Recommended Reading:


Mato, D. "Aspects: Akan Cultures in Ghana." 2001. Cole, H.M. & Ross, D. H. "The Arts of Ghana." 1978.