Ikoku Fertility Dolls

(Photographs and information are courtesy of a museum benefactor.)

Name:  Ikoku Fertility Dolls (Ngide) from the Turkana people of Northwestern Kenya

Made by and When:  Regional handicraft for the tourist trade in Kenya; date unknown

Material:  Unjointed carved wood figures with leather and bead work

Marks:  None

Height:  17- and 14 inches, respectively

Hair, Eyes, Mouth:  The hair is fiber, perhaps strands of rope which have been untwisted and darkened.  The eyes are inset beads.  The other features are carved.

Clothes:  Leather with bead work

Other:  Ngide means child. See a group of four Kenya Turkana Tribe Ngide dolls at the National Costume Dolls website.

“This type of doll is carved by the father for a maturing daughter; the Turkana people believe that if the girl treats the doll as a real baby, she will successfully bear a child.”

https://www.nationalcostumedolls.com/kenya-turkana-tribe-ngide-dolls/

Gallery

Images of Turkana Women

Navigate here to see images of Turkana women.

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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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