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Ambo (Ovambo) Fertility Doll Stand Namibia African Art

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Title Ambo (Ovambo) Fertility Doll Stand Namibia African Art
Type of Object doll
Country of Origin Namibia
People Ambo (or Ovambo)
Materials wood, beads, metalworks, coins, keys, bells, pendents, dried seeds, leather, chains, many other pieces
Approximate Age Mid 20th century or earlier
Dimensions 18.25 inches H. x 5.5 inches W.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair general wear , some oxidation in metal , cracks in head and in bottom

Additional Information: A superb doll from the Ambo (Ovambo) from Namibia. 

Ambo dolls are very rare to find. And the ones of high quality like this offered doll are extremely rare. Made in wood, this doll in cylindric shape has its body  wrapped with strands of beads with variety of elements attached to these strands. In addition to the beads,  the bottom of the body is wrapped with leather strips.  There are strands of beads in the place of hairstyle. Indeed, an elaborate doll  richly decorated !

Formally, Ambo dolls are very close to the Suto dolls from Botswana. 

The offered doll shows much handling and significant age. It will add a unique piece in any collection. 

The gender of the doll is unclear. Cameron has published a Ambo doll very similar to this one , wearing a leather belt. She suggests that  this belt implies that the doll is male. (see Cameron E. Isn't S/he a doll?, p. 97, fig. 129 ) This comment appears  be accurate as the Ovambo dolls were  referred to as child or Okana (see this interesting article by Margo Timm, 'Kwanyama Ovambo. Kwanyama Child figures  in Evocations of the Child. Fertility Figures of the Southern African Region., pp. 207-217.  )

See a similar  example of a Ambo doll in Dagan Esther A. African Dolls For Play and Magic. Galerie Amrad , 1990, fig. 43.1, p. 113 

I have examined this piece and agree with the description.

Niangi Batulukisi, PhD. 



 I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.