Fertility doll - Baggara - Sudan - SOLD

Beautifully balanced and refined fertility doll from traditional Baggara art in SudanTraditional african wooden statue of a female with long slit eyes and scarification marks to the lower cheeks made by Baggara carver in Sudan. The top of the head with glass beads and cloth cap with coins to the front. To the body a cloth dress with numerous colourful glass beads to the arms, neck and body and suspended from the waist. Around the body a linked chain with shells, coin and amulet case attached.Figures such as this are given to brides at their wedding to promote fertility. They are made with potent charms and spells to ward off evil spirits and are also believed to promote healthy babies and prevent miscarriage. The bride will carry the doll on her back as she would a real baby in order to bring fertility. Once a child is conceived and born safey the doll is placed on the family altar until it is passed onto the eldest daughter at her wedding.Origin : private collection, FranceDating: 1960 Size : 36 x 11 cmMaterials : wood, beads, shells

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Size
Ethnic group
Baggara
Country
Sudan
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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