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Fali Beaded Fertility Doll Cowrie Shells Cameroon Africa 20 Inch

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Title Fali Beaded Fertility Doll Cowrie Shells Cameroon Africa 20 Inch
Type of Object Doll
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Fali
Materials Wood, cowrie shells, trade beads, strings, cotton threads, leather, amulets
Approximate Age Second half 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 20 Inches
Width: 9 Inches
Depth: 8 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 Cracks and chips and general wear

Additional Information:  A superb Fali fertility doll standing 20 inches and weighing over 12 pounds!  Decorated with wonderful multiple layers of beads and cowrie shells . Leather amulets are also attached to the doll, and the doll's face is carved with abstract facial features.  

"In Cameroon, when a young Fali man becomes betrothed, he makes a doll(ham pilu) from wood and decorates it with hair, beads, and other small objects. He then gives it to his fiance, who wears it in a baby carrier on her back. The doll is a symbol of their marriage commitment and represents their future child. The man gives the doll the gender that he desires for his first-born. The young woman cares for the figure until the promised child is born; at this point, the couple carefully stores the doll away. "Fali doll- A good example of this rare doll can be seen on the cover of "ISN'T S/HE A DOLL,PLAY AND RITUAL IN AFRICAN SCULPTURE," put out by UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History.