African Fali Fertility Doll
Africa, Cameroon, Fali people, ca. 20th century CE. A beautiful example of African Fali fertility doll decorated with cowrie shells, a brass bell, a brass button, old European coins, and countless strands of glass beads wrapped in an intricate manner. Note the strands wrapped around the neck, additional strands crossed over the torso, a band wrapped around the waist, and a cluster wrapped horizontally to suggest crossed legs. The wooden oblong head is topped with beaded string to represent the coiffure adorned by a French 5 centimes coin dated 1923 with strands of larger beads protruding. Size: 8.625" H (21.9 cm); 9.875" H (25.1 cm) on included custom stand.