FANTE / ASANTE MATERNITY FIGURES, Ghana


FANTE
Maternity 11
26.5" high
$500

FANTE
Maternity 13
16.5" high
$350

ASANTE
Maternity 14
17.75" high
$300

The figures below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

FANTE
Maternity 10
27" high
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

FANTE / ASANTE MATERNITY FIGURES, Ghana

Despite their appearance these figures were probably made to be sold. We have listed them also as Asante because most people think of them as coming from the better known people. Number 14 is Asante, with a head similar to those of the famous akau'ba dolls.

Seated female figures were found in shrines or as part of popular drum ensembles among the Fante known as Ntan or Ompe. These sculpted maternity figures are prominent parts of the drum stand where large drums leaning on their sides are supported on elevated platforms with sculptures attached to them such as these female figures.

--- from Mato, D. ëAspects: Akan Cultures in Ghanaí. Gemeentemuseum, Den Hague. 2001.

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