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Namji or Namchi Leather Fertility Doll Cameroon African Art

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Title Namji or Namchi Leather Fertility Doll Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Doll
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Namchi or Namji
Materials wood/bamboo, leather, glass beads, unknown fill
Approximate Age 20th Century
Height (in) 10.5
Width (in) 4
Depth (in) 2.75
Dimensions Height: 10.5 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
Depth: 2.75 Inches
Overall Condition fair
Damage/Repair worn and discolored leather. cracked wooden legs

Additional Information: A well used Namchi/Namji fertlity doll made from a wood skeleton and wrapped with a leather covering. The head has leather tassles hanging from the top.

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.)