Philip Keith

Maternity Figure

Akan,

Ghana

40cm high

DESCRIPTION

Figures like these are used as an aid to conception by a priest who invokes the influence of his cult deity to induce pregnancy, and during pregnancy to ensure safe delivery. Carved with a flat forehead, this is the characteristic Akan ideal of beauty.

Cf. Monni Adams, Designs For Living, p. 50, fig, 26, for a standing female almost certainly by the same hand/studio in the Mary Ellen Alonso collection. Also see H. Cole and D. Ross, The Arts of Ghana, 1977.

CONDITION

arm restored.

Provenance

Boisgirard

DATE

20th C.

Dimensions

40cm high

PRICE

GBP £

1800

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