Akua Ba Mmienu Duafe - Adinkra Jewelers

Akua Ba Mmienu Duafe

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Forged by local Ghanaian artisans and smiths at our Kumasi workshop by hand. This is a one of a kind vintage, Ghanaian hand carved ebony wood comb with a rich brass overlay. 

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each piece is unique, one of the same & any variations are considered part of the beauty of the design. 

  • An AKUA’ BA DOLL is a good luck charm, an attempt to lobby the fertility gods for a child. According to legend, a barren woman named Akua went to a traditional priest for help. He instructed her to commission a small wooden child and carry it on her back, treating it as if it were a living child. This subjected her to ridicule in the village, and the term “Akua’ ba” (“child of Akua”) was born. In time, however, Akua conceived, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. Of a sudden, carrying an AKUA’ BA DOLL became common practice, a symbol of hope for barren women. So prevalent did they become, in fact, that even pregnant women took to carrying them—to ensure a healthy child. The disc-shaped head and the neck depicting rolls of fat are ideals of Ashanti beauty. They once molded the shape of their newborns’ heads in such a way.

Perfect to use as a center or wall piece.

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Why Adinkra Jewelry?

Handmade in Ghana

Here at Adinkra Jewelry, authenticity is everything. We felt that it would not pay homage to our rich culture to place the production of our artifacts in the hands of others. Therefore we employ local smiths and artisans here in Ghana who understand the cultural relevance of our products to design and produce our pieces.

Responsible Labor

At Adinkra Jewelry, we've taken an oath to support healthy, happy & financially beneficial working conditions. We directly employ the original smiths of our ancient jewelery with fair wages and give tribute to the royals who have adorned them for generations. No part of our supply chain is left out, and we're always working to do better.

Cultural Education

Before you wear our pieces, we strive for you to know the history and significance of what you wear and of the people who craft them. It's not just a trendy fashion statement, it's a historical piece that connects us to a lineage of black culture going back thousands of years.

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