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
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
Fertility doll from the Namji people of Cameroon & Nigeria
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)