Fanti Sculpture - Ghana
This female Fanti figure from Ghana remarkably represents the beauty ideals in the Akan group. The legs with marked knees stand on two separate feet whose toes are delicately marked. The broad hips are belt with white pearls, while the waist is elegantly ringed. The arms with detailed hands are and meet around the protruding umbilicus. The upper torso presents two conical breasts that could recall the symbol of the nurturing mother. The long ringed neck supports a finely sculpted face. The eyes are surmounted by a marked eyebrow that extends into a delicate nose with a projecting ridge. The delicate mouth is slighlty opened. Two pierced ears stand on each side of the face. The headdress presents a series of carved braids.
The refined lines and the finely ringed neck could recall the Akwaba dolls, symbols of fertility and ideal female beauty among the Akan. Indeed, the curves of this statuette sublimate the feminine curves and the graceful neck which are so many aesthetic qualities in the Akan. This rare Fanti statuette and the fact that it does not show traces of it being carried could identify it as an altar or divination statuette.
The beautiful dark patina and the ritual traces enhances the volumes of this delicate statuette and testifies of its great age.