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Asante Standing Female Ghana Custom Stand African Art

$290.00
Product #: 93382
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Title Asante Standing Female Ghana Custom Stand Africa
Type of Object wooden carved figure
Country of Origin Ghana
People Ashanti or Asante
Materials Wood, beads, cotton thread and fabric
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 15.25 inches tall x 4 inches wide
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 right foot broken and repaired; scratches and general wear


 


A standing Female figure from the Asante people.  She displays a fabulous ornate hairstyle and has been decorated with a loin cover of beads and fabric.  


Additional Information: Among the Akan peoples of Ghana, including the culturally related Kwahu, Fante and Asante,  large and small figures such as this represent either an ancestor of a matrilineage or the ‘Queen Mother’ of a local chiefdom  often placed in local shrines as an indication of a sacred royal presence. Sometimes they were identified as fertility figures, most likely  associated to the fertility ritual and kept in a family shrine for protection. Priests and priestesses during rituals associated to their shrine will cover their bodies with white powder to celebrate the gods. Figures in shrines will also be covered with white clay to indicate their spirituality. Female representations are important in the Asante culture  as the female ancestor or Queen-Mother is the center of familial and community life and the center of political life. Figures like this will receive offerings and gifts while on her shrine.