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Aku'aba doll

Height: 34.700 cm

AOA 1940.Af1.1

Akua'ba doll

From: Ghana
Date: early 20th century AD

Some young Asante girls play with these akua'ba dolls. Sometimes they are given a doll by their father, to bring good luck that will help them have many children when they grow up. The Asante think it is good to have a big family.

If a woman can't get pregnant, she might go to a herbalist or priest who will give her an akua'ba doll. The woman will tie the doll on her back with a cloth, just as she would a real child, and wear it like this until she becomes pregnant.