Beaded Namji Doll, Cameroon
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Description of Significance:
The Namji people live in the West and North of Cameroon. These dolls are created in the Namji culture to bring good luck during annual ceremonies and in everyday life. Early Namji dolls were created for more specific reasons in relation to women in a village. Artists would craft individual dolls for young girls to provide luck in their future lives as mothers. Some dolls were passed down through the generations.
This striking contemporary doll was authentically hand-created in Cameroon. Each doll is one of a kind, made individually, and collected directly from the artist.
Country of Origin:
- Hand-carved and beaded in Cameroon
D: 3" W: 3" H: 11.5"
- Depth x Width x Height x Width
- Indigenous wood
- Glass beads
- Cowry Shells
- Metal details
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