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Fali doll
6.5" tall x 5" wide
wood, beads, coins, plant fiber, animal skin
ex private collection, US

$350



"In Cameroon, when a young Fali man becomes betrothed, he makes a doll (ham pilu) from wood and decorates it with hair, beads,
and other small objects. He then gives it to his fiancée, who wears it in a baby carrier on her back. The doll is a symbol of their
marriage commitment and represents their future child. The man gives the doll the gender that he desires for his first-born. The
young woman cares for the figure until the promised child is born; at this point the couple carefully stores the doll away."

From - "ISN'T SH/E A DOLL? Play and Ritual in African Sculpture", by Elisabeth L. Cameron