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Female Figure

Asante peoples, Ghana

Wood and metal

Anonymous gift

5 x 12.75 x 5.75 in

Although this work was once a full figure seated on a stool with a nursing child in arm, the majesty of the remaining fragment still conveys the
importance of childbearing and the continuation of the matrilineal descent group of Asante people. Such sculptures serve to celebrate a healthy birth and the dignity and status that childbearing can bring to a woman.
The coiffure is the simple but elegant swept back braids style of the Asante.

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