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Duafe (Comb)

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Demonstrating the dual nature that can exist in classic African art, Akan duafe combs represent the combination of art and function. These decorative combs are used by Akan women to groom and style their hair but also to adorn...


Awidie (Heddle Pulley)

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Across much of West Africa, weavers make use of loom, foot peddle, and heddle pulley combinations to weave simple or elaborate single strip textiles and cloth. An example of such a loom is that used by the Akan to create...


Batakari (War Shirt)

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The Akan make use of a number of different types of textiles and garments to identify specific social roles within a community. In addition, magical amulets are worn for protective purposes. Combined, textiles and amulets are...


Mma (Ancestor Memorial Figure)

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Found among the Anyi sub-group of the Akan (in the towns of Nzima, Krinjabo and Sanwi), mma figures are idealised and stylised depictions of deceased Akan royalty, chiefs, priests and other royal attendants. Sources state that...


Mma (Ancestor Memorial Figure)

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Found among the Anyi sub-group of the Akan (in the towns of Nzima, Krinjabo and Sanwi), mma figures are idealised and stylised depictions of deceased Akan royalty, chiefs, priests and other royal attendants. Sources state that...


Nsodia (Funerary Portrait Head)

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Nsodia (meaning ‘thing placed on top’; also called Mma, Nkua or Ohoni Ti) heads are idealised and stylised depictions of deceased Akan royalty, chiefs or priests. Opinions vary about the actual use of the heads. Some...