Namji (Doyayo, Dowayo, Namchi, Namshi), Cameroon
The Namji people live in the west of the north Cameroon. They created a wide
variety of important tribal dolls used by young girls and older women. The dolls are held
by young Namji women to ensure their fertility. These dolls in general can have duel
objectivity. In special cases where an older woman is having trouble conceiving or bearing
a child, perceived objects of play can become serious items of worship that are believed
to possess magical, spiritual qualities. These items are known as fetishes such as the
present one. They are crafted specially for the individual in need by one select carver.
The doll is then endowed with supernatural powers by the Nganga (tribal spiritualist) in
hopes to grant the wish of the patron. The object is subject to food offerings and prayer
on a regular basis by the owner to maintain the objects' level of power. They are carved
from wood and then usually decorated with various decorative items.
Material: wood, beads
Size: 13½x 5x 2