This well carved Akan (Asante/Ashanti) Maternity Figure is about 18-1/2" high and 6-1/2" wide. I believe this figure dates from the early 20th C. There is evidence of blackening and other colors and powders being rubbed on to the figure.

I have read of the importance of the Asante stool in the Tribal culture. One of the most striking features of Asante stools is that queen mothers are the most important leaders. Only they are permitted to sit on the stools in public. Their use expresses the official power and importance of these women.

There are two places where the wood has cracked. See photos #8 and #9.

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Large African Akan Carved Maternity Figure, Queen Mother


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