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Asante Akua'ba figure, Ghana
wood, pigment
13.5" tall x 5" wide
early to mid 20th century
ex private U.S. collection


A very nice classic example of this type of figure. I especially like the long
graceful arcs of the eyebrows extending from the sides of the head uniting
to form the nose. The two indented areas on either side of the head were
originally holes where beads would have been attached.

The thing that initially attracted me to this figure, and still what I enjoy the
most about it, is the unusual geometric carvings filling the entire back
surface of the head. The figure is displayed in my house with the back of it
facing the viewer.

Both arms appear to have been previously broken and repaired.