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Ewe/Fante Maternity Woman on Stool, 2 pieces, Ghana African

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Title Ewe/Fante Maternity Woman on Stool, 2 pieces, Ghana African
Type of Object Sculpture
Country of Origin Ghana
People Ewe, Fante
Materials Wood, pigment, unknown insert in magic hole
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 13.5 Inches
Width: 7.5 Inches
Depth: 8.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair cracks in head, body, stool


Additional Information: The stool has remnants of white kaolin pigment on it. Patina of use and age on both pieces. This figure could be from the Ewe  who live in Togo. Thefacial features are very close to these found on Ewe figure, However, the hairstyle, the ringed neck, and the seted position  recall the Fante style. This could be a representation of  the "Queen Mother".


Fante who are members of a larger culture and language group known as the Akan that includes among others the well-known Asante. Naturalistically carved figures representing either a spirit of a local shrine, an ancestor of a matrilineage or the ‘Queen Mother’ of a local chiefdom are often shown seated in local shrines indicating their rank, prestige and royal presence. She is sitting on a stool. Fante sculpture is often painted and this is the case for this figure.  The light colored wood has remains of the white clay that at one time covered the figure. The white color (hyire) is important to Akan for it conveys a number of ideas. Priests and priestesses during rituals associated to their shrine will cover their bodies in white powder to celebrate the gods. Figures in shrines will also be covered with white clay to indicate their spirituality. 


Mato, D. ‘Aspects: Akan Cultures in Ghana’. 2001.


Cole, H.M. & Ross, D. H. ‘The Arts of Ghana’. 1978.