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Namji or Namchi Beaded Fertility Doll Cameroon African Art

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Title Namji or Namchi Beaded Fertility Doll Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Doll
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Namchi or Namji
Materials Wood, Beads, cotton cloth, cowrie shell, dried seeds, leather amulets
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 9 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
Overall Condition fair
Damage/Repair dirty. one leg repaired. loose bead srtands

Additional Information: A well used Namchi/Namji fertlity doll made from wood and shown wearing strands of various colors of beads and additional pendants and amulets.

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.)