Origin: South Africa
Medium: Fiber, fill, beads, thread
Size: 9 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.
Accession Number: 2003.095
Gift of William D. and Norma Canelas Roth
African, Unknown ()
To ensure marriage or indicate a woman’s readiness for marriage, young Ndeble women often wear or carry dolls like this one. A woman may wear the doll openly indicating to her community that she wants to insure her future fertility. If a young woman wears the doll secretly, this means the woman is looking for a husband.