Tried to comment on thriftwhore but for some reason it won't let me. Anyway.
The boyfriend says:
It's an Asante statue, from Ghana.
The akua'ba figure is supposed to induce pregnancy and ensure safe delivery of a beautiful, healthy infant. After being blessed by a priest, a woman carries the statuette around with her and treats it like a real child; she adorns it with beads and earrings, "nurses" it, and puts it to bed. The statuette illustrates Asante concepts of beauty: a high oval, flattened forehead (achieved by massaging the infant's soft skull); a small mouth; a neck ringed with creases of subcutaneous fat, indicating the good health of the infant. Most akua'ba figures depict females, since among the Asante the family line is passed down from the mother to the daughters.