Circulars art

Year: 1940-1960

Style: Ndebele

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

Doll

African, Unknown ()

Part of the African Art Collection

2003-95, doll, ramone

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.