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Namji (Namje) hand carved wood /beads Fertility Doll Cameroon Africa 11" by 4"

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Africa | Doll from the Namji people of northern Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, shells and natural fiber

Africa | Doll from the Namji people of northern Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, shells and natural fiber

Africa | Fertility doll "ikoku" from the Samburu people of Kenya.  Wood, skin, glass beads, metal string, metal, fibers | The dolls are carved by the father and decorated by the mother. After having reached puberty, the young girls use them for practicing their later role of motherhood

Africa | Fertility doll "ikoku" from the Samburu people of Kenya. Wood, skin, glass beads, metal string, metal, fibers | The dolls are carved by the father and decorated by the mother. After having reached puberty, the young girls use them for practicing their later role of motherhood

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Africa |  Bound with cord and beaded Namji / Fali doll Cameroon. |  © Ann Porteus, Sidewalk Tribal Gallery, via Flickr

Bound with cord and beaded Namji/ Fali doll Cameroon.

Symbolizing fertility, abundance and overall prosperity. The dolls held by young Namji girls (Namji tribe) to play and to ensure their fertility, are considered among the finest and the most beautiful dolls in Africa. They are carved from solid hardwood. The doll would have a name, be fed, be talked to and be carried strapped to the back...  This was the young girls’ first baby... This doll helped prepare the young Namji woman for her role as mother in her future life.

Symbolizing fertility, abundance and overall prosperity. The dolls held by young Namji girls (Namji tribe) to play and to ensure their fertility, are considered among the finest and the most beautiful dolls in Africa. They are carved from solid hardwood. The doll would have a name, be fed, be talked to and be carried strapped to the back... This was the young girls’ first baby... This doll helped prepare the young Namji woman for her role as mother in her future life.

Namji Doll 32, Cameroon

Namji Doll 32, Cameroon

Africa | Fertility doll from the Namji people of Cameroon or Nigeria | Wood, glass beads, West African coins, leather, shells, metal beads and natural fiber

Fertility doll from the Namji people of Cameroon & Nigeria

Namji Doll 32, Cameroon

Namji Doll 32, Cameroon

Africa | Fali doll from northern Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, leather strips, cowrie shells, coloured discs, leather amulets with mirror, iron amulets

Fali doll from northern Cameroon

Africa | Fertility doll from the Namji people of Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, metal and leather amulets.

Africa | Fertility doll from the Namji people of Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, metal and leather amulets.

Africa | Doll from the Namji people of Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, metal, leather, fiber

Doll from the Namji people of Cameroon

Africa | Doll from the Namji people of Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, metal, leather, fiber, shells

Africa | Doll from the Namji people of Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, metal, leather, fiber, shells

Africa | Fertility doll from the Namji people of Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, natural fiber, shells, leather, seeds

Africa | Fertility doll from the Namji people of Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, natural fiber, shells, leather, seeds

Africa | Doll from the Namji people of northern Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, cowrie shells, animal claws, fur, leather and metal

Africa | Doll from the Namji people of northern Cameroon | Wood, glass beads, cowrie shells, animal claws, fur, leather and metal

Africa | Dowayo doll from the Dowayo Namji people of North West Cameroon, near the Nigerian border | Wood, textiles, glass beads, cowrie shells, metal | ca. early to mid 1900s | 23,500€ ~ Sold (Sothby's Dec 2008, Paris)

Africa | Dowayo doll from the Dowayo Namji people of North West Cameroon, near the Nigerian border | Wood, textiles, glass beads, cowrie shells, metal | ca. early to mid 1900s | 23,500€ ~ Sold (Sothby's Dec 2008, Paris)

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