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Namji fertility doll Cameroon Wood, beads, fabric, leatherH.: 58.5 cm. Stylized anthropomorphic doll with massive limbs and a small head in the shape of a point with finely engraved features. The waist and shoulders are dressed in leather. The legs spread out in twodimensions draw a fork. The abdomen is tubular and adorned with a blue and white striped fabric and decorated with a network of red and white beads.The fertility or fertility dolls are richly adorned. They represent the desired child and have the power to comfort the woman by giving birth to her.Object made specifically for the colonial trade with an obvious decorative interest.Consultant : Jean-Pierre LACOSTE

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