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#1995 Superb African Fali Fertility Doll Phallic Cameroon 10.75" H

#1995 Superb African Fali Fertility Doll Phallic Cameroon 10.75" H

Regular price $325.00 USD
Regular price $450.00 USD Sale price $325.00 USD
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Superb African Fali fertility doll decorated with multiple layers of beads and cowrie shells.
 10.75" h by 6" w by 4" d
"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 fiance, 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.
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