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Ewe Maternity Figure Ghana Togo African Art

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Title Ewe Maternity Figure Ghana Togo African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Togo, Ghana
People Ewe
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 15.5 Inches
Width: 4.5 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 Repaired toe, general wear

Additional Information: A standing female figure holding her pregnant made out of wood.  The head is characterized by blackened braided coiffure. The ringed neck is beautifully carved. Such a maternity figure was probably used as a fertility or a protective figure among the Ewe people.

The Ewe people are well-known for their twin figures or dolls. The Ewe people of Ghana celebrate the birth of twins as a good omen. Twins known as Venovi, lead a life of parallel experiences as they are fed, bathed, and similarly dressed.However if one of the twins dies a Venovi figure is purchased to represent the deceased twin and is equally maintained as though alive, being washed and fed.Like the well-known Ibeji of the Yoruba that represent the same idea of portraying the deceased twin in a sculptural form, Ewe dolls are shown as adults and represent deceased twins.They are delightful miniature carvings and have a place in any collection for their carving and presence and for what they represent.