This artifact is of a young adolescent female standing figure was made primarily to be used by their secret societies. Large fetish figures are known to be protectors of the entire villages, while smaller ones are used to protect individuals and families from death and disease.
Culture and Traditions
Ashanti, people of south-central Ghana and adjacent areas of Togo and Côte d’Ivoire. Most of the Asante live in a region centered on the city of Kumasi, which was the capital of the former independent Asante state. They speak the Twi language of the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo language family and are a subgroup of the Akan peoples.
Mr. Michael J. Wasserman donated in the year 2002.
Date of Digitization
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Prairie View A&M University, "ASHANTI Culture of Arts from Akan ethnic group and are native to the Asante Region of modern-day Ghana - (Standing Female Figure)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 41.