Namji Fertility Doll – CameroonNamji Fertility Doll – Cameroonamazigh
Second half 20th century. Wood, old glass beads, shells. Without the base, approx. C
Second half 20th century. Wood, old glass beads, shells. Without the base, approx. Cm. 12,5 x 4,0 (4.92” x 1.57”).
Namji is the people inhabiting an area in the West of the north Cameroon. 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, fiber and leather.
The young women of northern Cameroon use dolls to ensure fertility and for easy childbirth. The can be carried on the person, kept within the home or in a shrine.