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Omdurman Baggara Doll on Stand Eritrea African Art

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Title Omdurman Baggara Doll on Stand Eritrea African Art
Type of Object Doll
Country of Origin Eritrea
People Omdurman or Baggara
Materials Wood, beads, bark, button, cowrie shells, plastic, Forged Iron Bells, pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 26 inches H. with stand x 6.5 inches W.
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 A few beads missing, feet missing, shallow cracks and chips

One of my favorite research books is called Isn’t S/He a Doll, by Elisabeth Cameron, which explores the world of African dolls and ritual figures.  Among the many African “dolls” which I love are these stunning multi-media pieces from Eritrea.

Elizabeth BEnnett



Additional Information: A wonderful doll with an elongated body and feet, a round head painted in white and the body decorated with multi-media including beads, button, shells, aluminum, package of amulet. The doll is wearing a bark skirt also decorated with all kind of elements. This figure shows similarities with the one published in Esther A. Dagan, AFRICAN DOLLS, fig.74 p. 141 attributed to the Omdurman people of Eritrea.. By comparison this one may also come from the same people or from their neighbors including the Baggara  see E. Cameron, Isn't s/he a doll, fig. 98. Such dolls are the representations of women dressed in traditional costumes.Women among these societies are usually adorned with beaded jewelry including necklace, earrings, anklets, armlets, hairpins. rings  so forth, as seen on this doll. Islamic influences can be seen by the number of amulets on this stunning doll. The ritual uses of these dolls are not known. The present  example shows some age and a lot of character and would stand out in any collection.

I have examined this piece and agree with the description

Niangi Batulukisi, Ph.D.