An Adan Maternity figure


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An Adan Maternity figure with a very rare figurative constellation. A very long lower body whose shape is reminiscent of rising smoke suggests a connection to a spirit.
It merges into the actual form of the mother, who is connected to a child’s head growing out of her belly by a rope. The chest runs in a conical shape, from the shoulder the arms go down to the belly area with the hands lying on top.
Typical of this ethnic group is the high degree of abstraction and the white pigmentation of the wooden surface.

The Adan (or Ade, Adangbe) are a very small ethnic group. They live near Lake Volta in Ghana and extend to the border with Togo. The Adan live mainly from fishing and agriculture. Since their exodus from Ethiopia to Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana, they have fought numerous wars against their opponents in each country. The Adans worship “Mamiwata”, who is often symbolised by a mermaid or a snake. Every year, all Adans gather at the sea to worship Mamiwata as their protector. The Adan are a small sub-group of the Ewe people and live in south-eastern Ghana, near the border with Togo. It is estimated that they number only about 2,200 people. They are also known by various names, such as Ada, Adangme, Adangbe, Adantomwi, Agotime, Dangbe or Ga, and are believed to have originally come from southern Egypt, where they settled in the 15th century. Adan oral tradition suggests that they travelled through what is now Ethiopia before coming to Nigeria, where they settled in the towns of Ife and Tado. There the people split into four distinct groups. The first group moved to Togo where they became known as the Ewe, the second group moved to Porto Novo on the coast of Benin and became associated with both the Yoruba and the Fon. The third group settled in the Keta district of Ghana, where they became the “Ewe of Ghana”, while the fourth group moved to the Ada area in south-eastern Ghana, about 35 km from Accra. This fourth group became the present-day Adan. Interestingly, the Adan language seems to be related to that of the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria, which seems to confirm that the Adan once lived in Nigeria.

“Strange but somehow Beautiful. Art of the Adan people of south-east Ghana”, by Michael Yates (

1.000 – 1.200,- Euro

Height: 108 cm
Weight: 5,2 kg


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Weight 5.2 kg