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Namchi or Namji Fertility Doll Cameroon African Art

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Title Namchi or Namji Fertility Doll Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Namchi or Namji
Materials Wood, metal rings (unknown metal content)
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 17 Inches
Width: 2.25 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina


Additional Information: 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.)