Namji.REGION OF ORIGIN:
Wood, cloth, bone, animal hide, beads.SIZE:
11.5" (29.2 cm)CONDITION:
Private Estate Collection - California, USA.
Nnamji peoples inhabit west of the north Cameroon. The Nnamji are famous for their wooden dolls, known as Dowayo. The dolls are carved with geometric features and adorned with these dolls were primarily carved for ritual purposes, mostly protection and fertility. The dolls were most commonly carved for young Nnamji girls to play with and to ensure their fertility.
Nnamji dolls are considered among collectors to be the finest and the most beautiful dolls in African art. They are carved from solid hardwood. The dolls are named, treated as humans and be carried strapped to the back everywhere the child would go. The most popular place to carry ones' doll is strapped to the back the way real infants are toted around. This was the young girls' first baby. This was her responsibility. This doll helped prepare the young Namji woman for her role as mother in her future life. Though most of them represent females, they sometimes appear as couples.