Hand-carved in Kenya, these 'Akuaba' wooden statues are replicas of the Ashanti fertility dolls in Ghana. The Ashanti people attribute a special beauty to the round faces which are symbolic of the feminine womb & believed to represent the Moon Goddess associated with fertility.
Makes a great addition to your home/office décor or gift for your favorite newlywed.
Approx. 4-5” tall. Sold as a set of 2
Fertility dolls are traditionally from the Ashanti community of Ghana; the native name for the fertility dolls is “Akua’ba’’. Traditionally, the dolls were believed to bring good luck to women trying to conceive; as well as good health and joy to expectant mothers. The women would carry the dolls and according to the Ashanti mythology, the bearer of these dolls would give birth to beautiful and healthy children. Once the Doll has fulfilled its purpose, the mother will pass it down to the next generation in preparation of motherhood.
The high forehead is a symbol of beauty and the neck rings depict creases caused by fat, which is a symbol of health. The body is shaped like a cross similar to the Kamitic symbol Djed (backbone), which represents stability.