Abstract Fertility Doll
Namji Tribe, Cameroon
Wood, glass beads, cowrie shells, leather, bronze
Inventory # 10431
The Namji tribe is famous for their wooden dolls carved with geometric features and adorned with multi-colored bead necklaces, cowrie shells, coins, metal strips, fibers, and leather. The dolls were held by young Namji girls for play and to ensure fertility. The dolls would have a name, be fed, be talked to, and be carried around everywhere a child would go. The most popular place to carry one’s doll was strapped to the back, the way real infants are toted around.