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Creator Nationality: Asante
Creator Name-CRT: Asante
Title: Akua'ba
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 2000
Creation Date: 20th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Dolls, Toys and Games
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 92.100.2
Credit Line: The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund
Context: Ghanaian legend tells of a young Asante girl named Akua, who, after having trouble conceiving, consulted a diviner. The diviner recommended that Akua commission a woodcarving of a small child and that she treat the statue as she would a real child. When the people of her village saw Akua carrying the wooden child on her back in her wrapper, they laughed and teased her. However, Akua soon gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Her success inspired other women to have carvings made and in her honor, they became known as Akua'ba, Akua's child. Today, akua'mma (pl.) are largely produced as souvenirs for sale to tourists.
Exhibition History: Connections: Altars and Objects of Personal Devotion, Carleton College, February 8-March 10, 1996.
AMICA ID: MIA_.92.100.2
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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