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Namji Fertility Doll, Dowayo (N° 14828)

This anicenne effigy with arched limbs surrounded by cotton thread is sheathed in leather. The head, like the feet and hands, is formed in a simple metallic volute. On its abdomen, the magical virtues of a talisman in the form of a metal cabochon adorn a belt. Decorative elements, arranged in small successive metal balls, make up a dressing of the most beautiful effect. An ethnic group in northern Cameroon made up of animist mountaineers, the Dowayo , " Namji ", " Namchi ", use anthropomorphic figures, dolls, as part of fertility rituals. The women carried with them these dolls donated by their husbands in the hope of becoming mothers. The use of dolls by young African women is not done exclusively within the initiation context. When menstruation occurs, the girl is considered a potential mother. In many ethnic groups, the search for fertility is then done through rituals. Wooden figures will then be carved, some reflecting both genres, in many cases covered with pearls and clothing. During the period of confinement, the doll, which becomes a child who asks to be fed, washed and anointed on a daily basis, becomes the girl's only companion. After initiation, they will be carried behind the women's backs, or tied to their necks.  

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OriginCollection Putteneers
Material(s)metal, cuir, plant fibre
Weight0.28 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe

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