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Chamba Iron Fertility Doll Nigeria African Art

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Title Chamba Iron Fertility Doll Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Doll
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Chamba?
Materials Leather, raffia fibers, iron
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 18 Inches
Width: 9.75 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 scrapes, stains, encrustation. torn leather strands and general wear

Additional Information: This figure likely comes from the Chamba people or their neighbors.  The Chamba are a small group living south of the Benue River in Northern Nigeria in an area of mixed art and influences.  Their sculptures show stylistic affinities to the Wurkum and Mumuye to the north resulting in an exchange of sculptures and styles through time between these groups. 

An exceptional doll cast in iron with its torso wrapped with rope and leather.  

Recommended Reading:

Sieber, Roy. Sculpture of Northern Nigeria, 1961.

Sieber, R. and Tony Vevers. Interaction: the art styles of the Benue River and East Nigeria. 1974.

Wittmer, M.K. and W. Arnett, Three Rivers of Nigeria, Art of the Lower Niger, Cross and Benue, 1978.