African art > African Dolls > Kirdi doll
This African fertility doll symbolizes the wedding vows and the child that will be born from this union. It is the fiancé who makes it and decorates it with multiple quolifichets before offering it to the young woman. A calabash pierced with orifices, topped with a head, is wrapped with fragments of textile and draped with multiple strings of beads, associated with metal objects.
The Kirdi, or "pagans", as the Islamized peoples have named them, are established in the far north of Cameroon, on the border with Nigeria.
They include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali , Namchi, Bata, Do ayo... They live from agriculture, fishing and livestock.
Among the Fali, the cult of the ancestors is illustrated by a great importance given to the skulls of the deceased, ...