Ashanti women carry Akuaba dolls in a cloth wrapped around their back as a charm to ensure the birth of healthy, attractive children. They are also carried by small girls tucked into the back at their waist clothes.
Ashantis admire a high, round forehead. The rings on the neck represent rolls of fat. This is also preferred as an indication of being well-fed. Akuaba dolls usually have small female breasts.
Size: 14 - 3/8 H x 6 W x 1½ D Cloth covered stand is 5½ W x 4 D x 3/8 H
Weight: 9 Oz's.
Condition: Good - some slight wear to patina on doll
Markings: On bottom of the stand is a cardboard tag scotched taped to bottom . Ashanti Tribe Ghana - carried by small girls tucked into the back of their waist cloths
Age: Acquired from a private collection in NYC in the 1980's. Age: Thought to be mid to later 20th Century.