Balante Beaded Bone and Wood Fertility Doll Guinea
A doll made from bovine bone and ornamented with variety of beads and fabrics. The structure of the body is built with a bovine bone (maybe wood sections) and the arms and legs are additional bones fastened with tightly wrapped fabric. This doll is beleived to be from Western Africa, closest example we can find is from the Balante people of Guinea.
"In Various areas on and off the Western coast of Africa, girls make play dolls from sheep, cow, and pig femurs and call them di kori, or "sons of bone"...... The Landuma use these 'bone sons" to encourage conception. A woman treats the bone son as she would a real child, and when the human body is born, the di kori is given to him or her as a plaything (Allainmat 1942:1)"
See "ISN'T S/HE A DOLL,PLAY AND RITUAL IN AFRICAN SCULPTURE," put out by UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
Approximate Age: 20th Century
Made In: Guinea