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Namji Namchi or Matakam Iron Fertility Doll Cameroon Africa

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Title Namji Namchi or Matakam Iron Fertility Doll Cameroon Africa
Type of Object Doll
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Namchi or Matakam
Materials iron, fabric wrapping (unknown textile)
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 10 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 1.25 Inches
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 dirt, stains, rusting metal


Additional Information: A fertility doll from Cameroon that fits forms from two different tribes: the Namchi and the Matakam.  The shape of the doll is decidedly Namchi, with arms bent down and a small head with rounded legs.  But the materials suggest Matakam, with cloth wrapping and iron skeleton.  


Namchi dolls-Among the Namchi people of Cameroon, unadorned dolls made by blacksmiths are played with by young children. When beads, bells, coins, and other ornaments are added, however, the doll becomes a surrogate baby for a woman who was having difficulty getting pregnant. The woman treats the figure like a baby, feeding it and carrying it on her back. (See "ISN'T S/HE A DOLL-PLAY AND RITUAL IN AFRICAN SCULPTURE" by Cameron, published by the Fowler Museum-UCLA.)