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Namji Dowayo Doll (N° 14829)
Belgian African art collection.
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Symbol, in the eyes of the Namji of Cameroon, of fertility and fertility, this stylized feminine effigy whose limbs in rectangular volume have summary but digitized hands and feet adorned with beaded bracelets. The doll has a voluminous bust disappearing under a cluster of different talismans tied, horn, cauris, beads of round and tubular glasses, small leather bag. A proportionally reduced head, with pupils encrusted with beads, displays a crest. Abraded-use skate. It is only recently that the dolls of the Namji or Dowayo , an animist mountain people living in northern Cameroon, have only recently been known. These effigies represent the human body in stylized elementary forms. These African tribal dolls are carved in wood by the blacksmith, at first for the game of little girls. But these dolls are mostly used by sterile 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 clothes of the news initiated after their period of confinement.
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|Material(s)||wood, perles, coquillages, corne|
|Estimated dating||mid xxe|
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