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Authentic Ashanti wooden fertility carving from Ghana.

Akua'ba (from Akua, a day-name for a female born on a Wednesday, and ba, child; hence, Akua's child) refers to the fertility doll carved from wood by the Ashanti (more correctly, Asante), a major ethnic group of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. At their height they dominated most of Ghana, as well as parts of Togo and the Ivory Coast.

Fertility dolls were recommended by a herbalist, or generally a priest, and the woodcarver has high status, reinforcing prevailing belief. Like normal children, they are dressed and tied to the back, or form part of a home shrine when not being carried.

The line of descent in Ashanti culture is matrilineal. Dolls are thought to represent an ideal of feminine beauty, the likelihood of having a beautiful female child being increased in those who carry the doll.
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