Dolls (1) - Beads, Wood - Cameroon

Description
Dolls (1) - Beads, Wood - Cameroon
2nd half 20th century - Excellent

The Ham Pilu Fali doll is a doll filled with African beads. When a young man gets engaged, he would sculpt a little wooden doll (Ham Pilu) and decorates it with hair, beads, and little objects.
He offers it to his betrothed who will carry it in a dorsal baby sling. The doll symbolises their marriage obligation and represents their unborn child.
The man allocates to the doll the gender that he desires for his newborn.
The young woman then takes care of it until the birth of the desired child.
Once the child is born, the doll is carefully put aside.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Dolls
Region/ country
Cameroon
Material
Beads, Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Excellent
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
28×15×25 cm
Weight
1 kg
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