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Namji / Matakam fetish doll in bronze (N° 20595)
Stylized bronze figure, without a head and with arched limbs. His body is sheathed in leather while string, skilfully wound and embellished with red beads, makes up his clothing.
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Ethnic group of northern Cameroon composed of animist mountain people, the Dowayo, " Namji ", " Namchi ", use anthropomorphic figures, dolls, in fertility rituals. The women carried these dolls with them, offered by their husbands in the hope of becoming mothers.The use of dolls, by young African women, is not done exclusively within the initiatory context. The use of dolls by young African women is not exclusively within the context of initiation. When menstruation appears, the young girl is considered as a potential mother. In many ethnic groups, the search for fertility is then done by means of intitial rites. Wooden figures were then carved, some reflecting both genders, often dressed in beads and clothes. During the period of seclusion, the doll, which becomes a child that requires daily feeding, washing and anointing, becomes the girl's only companion. After initiation, they will be carried on the backs of women, or tied to their necks.
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|Material(s)||bronze, plant fibre, cuir, perles|
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