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Tall Carved Namji Fertility Dolls with Beads

Swahili Modern


  • These are modern interpretations of the traditional Namji fertility dolls that served 2 purposes: carried by young girls to encourage mothering instincts and by women hoping to conceive. These Namji dolls are hand carved from jacaranda wood then decorated with beads.

    These tall sculptures, with geometric features, also included a beaded hat. Size: 3.25"L x 2.5"W x 13"T.

  • Originating from the traditional fertility designs of the Dowayo/ Namji ethnic group in north-west Cameroon, these are crafted by artisans from Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo who are currently living as refugees in Nairobi, Kenya and have a loyal following in shops throughout East Africa.

Vendor: Swahili Modern

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