2 Losso or Ewe ‘Di Kori’ ritual Dolls, Togo.
13.5 cm, 12.5 cm.
Bone, beads, wonderful patina of wear due to long use.
These dolls exist throughout almost all western Africa.
This kind of doll made of animal bone, decorated with beads or dressed, is found in central Africa, in Senegal, among the Balante peoples.
The latter belong to Ewe or Losso populations from northern Togo.
This kind of doll, named Di Kori (son of the bone) is crafted with animal bones.
Once the bone was cleaned and dried (sometimes in the fire), the head of the family hands it to the little girl who will personalise it, most often with beads.
Some ethnic groups use these dolls to favour fertility, therefore, the woman will take care of it, as if it was a true child.
After the birth, the fetish becomes a toy for the child.
- 2 Los Di "Kori" ritual dolls
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- Sold with stand
- 14×6×3 cm