Akwaaba (Fertility) Doll from Ghana

Vendor: Afrikan Djeli
Type: wood carving

An Akwaaba doll is a carved figure used by the Ashanti people of Ghana/Ivory Coast as a talisman to promote fertility and and to protect pregnant women.  A woman who hopes to become pregnant will keep such a blessed doll on her person, and will dress and care for it as one would a real child.