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02/28/08 Ghana Ashanti Akua’ba (fertility)doll -matrilineal descent, stratified society -dolls presented to women in order to help her conceive children -based on culturally defined, idealized beauty -flat, round head -sexual characteristics -consistency in form Ashanti Stool -Literally, the “seat” of authority -political/divine authority, given by the gods -placed on ancestral shrines, associated with a specific person -carried around during ceremonies Ashanti kente cloth -traditionally: gold, white, black, red; woven -identity, lineage, narratives, etc. carried within the designs (not abstract) -originally the cloth of kings, sacred -not for everyday use -Weaving = men’s domain Mossi Culture of Burkina Faso, West Africa: themes of fertility and gender-specific roles -Correlation b/w an emphasis on fertility w/in a society and high infant mortality rate -Focus on female fertility (not male) -these dolls presented to little girls, they care for the doll and mimic their mother’s care for a child -stylization:
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