OOSI Sculpture

Akua'ba Invocation Figure

Date Unknown / Andrew F. Scott / Columbus

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A metal sculpture of an Akua'ba (fertility figure) by Andew F. Scott. This type of figure was originally used by the Akan people of Ghana. The figures would normally be carved in wood and take on the idealized appearance of the woman it was made for. It would then be carried on their backs and was believed to help with conception. When not in use the figures would be cared for by the women through ritualistic washing and feeding. They also could be placed in shrines and passed down to other women in the family.

This figure is one of eight in the ' Invocation Figures' by Andrew. F Scott, an African American metal sculptor from Brooklyn, New York. This series of sculpture is described as"Traditional African forms that are used to invoke power are abstracted and brought into a modern using modern materials, transformations in scale through fabrication in steel" ( Scott ).

Location: King Arts Complex, 867 Mt Vernon Ave

County

: Franklin

Citation

: Andrew F. Scott, “Akua'ba Invocation Figure,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed November 12, 2019, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1442.

Dublin Core

Title

Akua'ba Invocation Figure

Description

A metal sculpture of an Akua'ba (fertility figure) by Andew F. Scott. This type of figure was originally used by the Akan people of Ghana. The figures would normally be carved in wood and take on the idealized appearance of the woman it was made for. It would then be carried on their backs and was believed to help with conception. When not in use the figures would be cared for by the women through ritualistic washing and feeding. They also could be placed in shrines and passed down to other women in the family.

This figure is one of eight in the ' Invocation Figures' by Andrew. F Scott, an African American metal sculptor from Brooklyn, New York. This series of sculpture is described as"Traditional African forms that are used to invoke power are abstracted and brought into a modern using modern materials, transformations in scale through fabrication in steel" ( Scott ).

Creator

Source

www.afsart.com (Andrew F. Scott's portfolio site)

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

King Arts Complex

Location Street

867 Mt Vernon Ave