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  • Ghana Fertility Figure (Akua'ba)
    Image | Teaching with Digital Content (Cultural Heritage Community)the cheeks are carved with shallow marks representing scarification. An elongated neck is carved to represent wide metal neck rings. The figure's breasts and belly button are indicated. Strings of tiny beads hang from a hole in the end of each arm and are wrapped around the body.
  • Ghana Wooden Comb
    Image | Teaching with Digital Content (Cultural Heritage Community)This narrow comb with nine round, tapered tines is carved in one piece from light-colored wood. The large, decorative carved handle is flat on the back but the front is carved in the form of a female figure. The oval face has round eyes and a triangular nose. The elongated neck is carved with concentric rings. Shoulders are indicated but there are no arms. The breasts are la...