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Namchi Namji Fertility Doll Beaded Cameroon African Art

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Title Namchi Namji Fertility Doll Beaded Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Namchi or Namji
Materials Wood, glass, plastic, cotton thread
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 10.5 Inches
Width: 5.5 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.

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.)