This wooden figure, called an akua’ba, if from the Akan in Ghana. These figurines are usually created by a male carver for a woman who is having a difficult time getting pregnant. The wooden figure symbolizes an ideal, if abstract, femininity. The large head represents knowledge, the rings around the neck represent rolls of fat that are seen as an indicator of good health and the ability to bear children. Protruding breasts referencing a woman who has not yet borne and breastfed children. 

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