Asante akua-ba figures are typologically of two kinds: those with cylindrical bodies with arms thrust out horizontally, and those with more naturalistic bodies. Both types display large, circular, thin, flat heads.
This akua-ba figure, carved from a single block of wood, is consistent with the second type. It is rare because it is a double image. Its two figures, one large and one small, sit back to back on a rectangular stool. This unusual form is known only in a few examples. Both figures are female, as are most akua-ba.
The oversized head of the larger figure is the dominant feature. It is flat, discoid and tilted slightly back on a ringed neck. The back of the head has incised lines arranged in symmetrical decorative patterns of varying complexity that may represent a hairstyle. The facial features are delicately carved with raised arched eyebrows, which meet at the bridge of the nose. The eyes are diamond-shaped. The body and features of the smaller figure are similar.
Akua-ba with a single figure are carved for women and girls, who care for them and often carry the figures on their backs inside their wrappers. It is believed that the figure ensures fertility and, if the woman is pregnant, the health and beauty of an unborn child. In the matrilineal Asante society, descent is reckoned principally from mothers to children. It is therefore crucial that women bear females, who will continue their line.