African Art: a prestigious Swiss collection

Milan, Wednesday 14 October 2020


Ashanti, region of Kumasi (southern Ghana)

Wood with a glossy, black coating, traces of white dust
H 35.3 cm
"Akua-ba" doll.
Collected in Ghana by Mario Fantin at the start of the ‘60s, this work displays the synthesis of a classical form sculpted extremely skilfully. The outline is executed with all body parts crafted in perfect proportion.On the cheeks, two tattoos can be seen, which are different from each other, and indicate which clan their owner belonged to. There are geometric designs on the reverse. The clear marks on the coating, evident where it has been rubbed during worship, show prolonged use.


€ 3.000 - 3.500

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- Former Mario Fantin collection (Bologna);
- Former Paolo Morigi collection (Lugano);
- Former private collection (Lugano);


- DE GRUNNE BERNARD & THOMPSON ROBERT FARRIS "Chefs d'oeuvre inédits de l'Afrique Noire" Fondation Dapper Paris 1987. pag. 208;


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