One of the most ubiquitous of African forms, these fertility dolls were given to barren Asante women and carried tucked into their waist belts for a prescribed period of time. After that time period, the figures were kept on shrines within the houses of the patients. This old example has much personality and apparent signs of use. A combination of glass trade beads and tiny seed-like beads strung around the neck. Early 20th C, Ghana, West Africa. The figure measures 11 7/8"H x 4"W and has a varied, blackened, encrusted, and shiny patina. It has suffered an old break along the top of the head with the section poorly glued back in place with an acetone based adhesive, but is in otherwise very fine condition. Provenance: Herb Harris collection, NYC and FL, since the early 1960's. An amazingly timeless form with much presence.