|Fante figures, Ghana
wood, kaolin powder, beads
(R) 14 1/2"
ex Gordon Foster collection, NYC
Fante Akua'ba figures are used in the same manner as those produced by the Asante people.
They are generally carved with rectangular heads, unlike the circular heads of the Asante
ones, and without arms.
I've only come across one other example before of a Fante figure with two heads. In the
auction listing they were listed as possible staff finials, which could be the case, but I'm still
trying to research the significance.
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