Female Figure (Akua'ba)

A work made of wood, glass beads, and thread.

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  • A work made of wood, glass beads, and thread.

Date:

Mid–19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Fante
Ghana
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Among the Fante and related peoples the desire for children is expressed through rituals that may include the fabrication of a stylized figure called akua’ba. Because women are highly valued in Fante society for their procreative powers, female figures are favored over male ones. Adorned with beaded necklaces, waistbands, and anklets, and sporting a horned hairstyle that was fashionable in the 19th and early 20th centuries, this example’s features reflect local ideals of physical beauty.

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Artist

Fante

Title

Female Figure (Akua'ba)

Origin

Ghana

Date

1850–1925

Medium

Wood, glass beads, and thread

Dimensions

36.8 × 6.9 × 6.9 cm (14 1/2 × 2 3/4 × 2 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

O. Renard Goltra Fund

Reference Number

1996.40

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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