Africa | Fertility doll "ikoku" from the Turkana people of Kenya | Wood, brak cloth, glass beads, metal beads and bells, coins, plant fiber | The making of dolls is traditonal. The dolls are carved by the father and decorated by the mother. After having reached puberty, the young girls use them for practising their later role of motherhood.

Africa | Fertility doll "ikoku" from the Turkana people of Kenya | Wood, brak cloth, glass beads, metal beads and bells, coins, plant fiber | The making of dolls is traditonal. The dolls are carved by the father and decorated by the mother. After having reached puberty, the young girls use them for practising their later role of motherhood.

Africa | Mask from the Bamileke people of Cameroon | Horn, vegetal fiber, cowrie shells, human hair and textile || The kunggang of the Bamileke belong to an important association of healers and headmen, and for the purification of villages. They represent the power of intervention against sorcery.

Africa | Mask from the Bamileke people of Cameroon | Horn, vegetal fiber, cowrie shells, human hair and textile || The kunggang of the Bamileke belong to an important association of healers and headmen, and for the purification of villages. They represent the power of intervention against sorcery.

Africa | 'Witchcraft' figure " bochio kennesi" from the Ouatchi group of Fon people from Benin | ca. early 20th century |  Hard wood, numerous textile strips, sacrificial encrustation.

Africa | 'Witchcraft' figure " bochio kennesi" from the Ouatchi group of Fon people from Benin | ca. early 20th century | Hard wood, numerous textile strips, sacrificial encrustation.

*YORUBA EGUNGUN COSTUME 9  Nigeria, Longyear Museum of Anthropolpgy

*YORUBA EGUNGUN COSTUME 9 Nigeria, Longyear Museum of Anthropolpgy

Africa |  Beaded Doll with bones, Fali/Namji, Cameroon. The body is adorned with beads, the skirt wraped with a fragment of hand loomed Ndop cloth.  The limbs are made from chicken bones.  The head is dressed with an old west African 1944 coin and the hair threads decorated with old 2mm white heart glass trade beads. | Image copyright, Ann Porteus, Sidewalk Tribal Gallery, via Flickr

Africa | Beaded Doll with bones, Fali/Namji, Cameroon. The body is adorned with beads, the skirt wraped with a fragment of hand loomed Ndop cloth. The limbs are made from chicken bones. The head is dressed with an old west African 1944 coin and the hair threads decorated with old 2mm white heart glass trade beads. | Image copyright, Ann Porteus, Sidewalk Tribal Gallery, via Flickr

Africa | Fertility doll "gimwane" from the Ntwani people of South Africa | Wood, plant fibers, beads, buttons, cloth || The Ntwani are a subgroup of the Sotho living near by the Ndebele in the Transvaal. The influence of the neighbours shows up in the beaded bracelets wrapped around the dolls hips.

Africa | Fertility doll "gimwane" from the Ntwani people of South Africa | Wood, plant fibers, beads, buttons, cloth || The Ntwani are a subgroup of the Sotho living near by the Ndebele in the Transvaal. The influence of the neighbours shows up in the beaded bracelets wrapped around the dolls hips.

Africa | Five dolls from the Namji people of Cameroon | Wood, cowrie shells, glass beads, metal and leather | ca. 19th - 20th century

Africa | Five dolls from the Namji people of Cameroon | Wood, cowrie shells, glass beads, metal and leather | ca. 19th - 20th century

Africa | Fertility doll from the Turkana people of Kenya | Wood, elabroately decorated with fabric, wood tues, glass beads, metal and shells

Africa | Fertility doll from the Turkana people of Kenya | Wood, elabroately decorated with fabric, wood tues, glass beads, metal and shells

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