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wood, brown patina, eyes inset with beads, adorned with bead jewellery, min. dam., fine cracks, slight traces of abrasion, base;
among the Namchi, unadorned dolls made by blacksmiths are young girl's playthings. When beads, bells and coins are added, however, the doll becomes a surrogate baby for a woman who is having difficulty in getting pregnant. The woman treats the figure like a newborn. She feeds it gruel and carries it on her back, as a mother would a child.
H: 28 cm, H: 11,0 inch
collected in situ (1970's)
Continent: Africa


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Fertility doll - Cameroon, Namchi

Estimate €800 - €1,500Nov 5, 2016