Our Ashanti Doll has been hand carved by a master wood carver in southern Ghana. A skill passed down through apprenticeship training, wood carving provides a major form of livelihood in rural areas. This wooden figure features human-like details, carved decorative markings and a dark finish.
The tradition of the Ashanti Doll, or Akuaba, comes from the Ashanti people in southern Ghana. Historically, women who were pregnant or hoping to become pregnant would carry these wooden dolls around in their loin cloth or on their backs in order to ensure their own fertility and birth of beautiful children. These mamas-to-be would bathe the dolls, dress them, and adorn them with beads and jewelry. The ritual, it is believed, would bring health, happiness, good fortune and a safe delivery. After the birth of their children, many women would pass their doll down to the next generation.
This figure is approximately 9.25”H x 4.25”W. Made of Cedrela wood. Dark finish.
Each wooden doll has been individually crafted by hand and no two are exactly alike. Designs may differ slightly from piece to piece. Please Contact Us if you have any specific needs or questions.
Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Avoid harsh cleaners or chemicals. Please handle with care.