FANTE MATERNITY FIGURE 13, Ghana

Photographs © Tim Hamill

FANTE
Figure 13
16.5 " high x 6" wide x 6.5" deep
$350

Seated female figures were found in shrines or as part of popular drum ensembles among the Fante known as Ntan or Ompe. These sculpted maternity figures are prominent parts of the drum stand where large drums leaning on their sides are supported on elevated platforms with sculptures attached to them such as these female figures.

--- from Mato, D. ëAspects: Akan Cultures in Ghanaí. Gemeentemuseum, Den Hague. 2001.

This  figure was probably made for the art market. We have listed it also as Asante because most people think of them as coming from the better known people. Note that the front right corner of the stool is missing.

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