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Namji, Namchi, Dowayo Doll (N° 18857)

It is only quite recently that the dolls of the Namji, people of animist mountain people living in the north of Cameroon, were known. These effigies represent the human body in elementary stylized forms. This handcrafted sculpture presents a head with a crest, a body encircled with necklaces of lively pearls.
Used for the play of little girls, these dolls are mostly used by infertile women in complex fertility rituals, the doll becoming a surrogate child, which they will treat as such. The decoration of the doll generally reproduces the finery of the new initiates after their period of seclusion.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyNamji
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, perles
Height29
Width12
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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