Female Figure (Q60753948)

Label from: English (en)

collection: Cleveland Museum of Art (Q657415)
depicts: woman (Q467)
instance of: sculpture (Q860861) item of collection or exhibition (Q18593264)

catalog URL: https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1975.158

information from the Cleveland Museum of Art catalog

description: ("An infertile woman would be advised by a priest to commission such a sculpture and care for it as if it were her baby. With the aim to induce fertility, or to ensure the birth of a healthy and beautiful daughter, the akua'ba figure is carried on the woman's back inside her wrapper. After a successful birth, the figure is placed in the priest's shrine as an offering, or it is given to the newborn as a toy.",)

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