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Namji Doll (N° 27915)

Belgian collection of African tribal art. The dolls of the Namji or Dowayo , a people of animist mountain people living in the north of Cameroon, are stylized figures, decorated with decorative accessories. This example is dressed in glass beads, textiles and animal skin, cowrie shells extend the arms. Satin brown patina, erosions. These African tribal dolls are carved in wood by the blacksmith, initially for little girls' play. But these dolls are mainly used by infertile women in complex fertility rituals, the doll becoming a surrogate child that they will treat as such. In some cases the fiancé offered it to his future wife, the doll representing their future offspring. The decoration of the doll can also reproduce the attires of the new initiates after their period of seclusion.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Material(s)wood, perles de verre, cuir, textile et cauris
Height cm36
Width15 cm
Weight1.36 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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