Description: In Cameroon, when a young Fali man
becomes betrothed, he makes a doll
from wood and decorates it with hair, beads, and >
other small objects. He then gives it to his fiancÚ,
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; after which the couple carefully stores
the doll away.
Due to the use of this doll over time, the doll has
become very fragile, but in doing so, has remained a
true representation of the Fali tradition.
Dimensions: approx. 10" height x 5 1/2" width x 4" depth