Fertility Doll

Fante, Ghana, Early 20th C.
Previous Collection: Private NYC Collection acquired from Alfie Sheinberg in 1971.

A classic Fante doll of abstract form with elongated head and diminutive face. Sometimes these dolls are used like western dolls as 'toys' but are mostly used as fertility dolls by young girls; this example of early vintage was given to a young female to promote fertility for her future. The doll is rubbed and handled daily for this purpose and the surface wear, especially the worn down breasts speak to this said handling. There is a stabilized age crack on the back of the figure but this does not detract at all from the beauty or value.

This doll stands 11.75" tall.
IN 5-9-13/ SOLD