Collection: Statues

In Africa, dolls are of great cultural significance. Apart from their distinctive appearances, dolls have diverse functions. They are used as good luck charms and amulets, decorations, gifts, play things, ritual practices and family heirlooms. Dolls are made from just about anything; clay, wood, and weaved fiber.
Namji Dolls are carved from African Rosewood, a legume tree native to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. A single block of African Rosewood wood is hand carved into a geometric shape and decorated with multi colored beads, metals, fiber, cowrie shells, coins, and even leather. Each doll is carved with a unique stature and facial expression. Because Namji Dolls are crafted by hand, they are considered original art pieces and often expensive. Antique Namji Dolls are sold at high prices in auction houses and art collectors love collecting them.

Namji Dolls come in different geometrical shapes. Some are short, some are long and willowy, some are fat, some are thin. The dolls are brown, have a large round head, with sketched eyes, nose and mouth which gives them a comical facial expression. The dolls stand in a typical stiff and upright position.

The body of a Namji doll is covered with woven fabric of multicolored beads and glass pearls. The hands and feet are decorated with chains of cowrie shells.

Sometimes colonial coins are attached to the shoulders, arms and legs using glass pearls. Although most of the dolls are females, male versions of the dolls are also available.

No two Namji Dolls are exactly alike, and this authenticity adds to their value.
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  • Small Hand Carved and Beaded Acacia Wood Statue w/Painted Belly
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  • Small Hand Carved and Beaded Acacia Wood Statue w/Painted Belly
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  • Small Hand Carved and Beaded Acacia Wood Statue w/Painted Belly
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  • Small Hand Carved & Beaded Acacia Wood Statue w/Beaded Belly
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  • Small Hand Carved & Beaded Acacia Wood Statue w/Beaded Belly
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  • Small Hand Carved & Beaded Acacia Wood Statue w/Beaded Belly
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  • Medium Hand Carved and Beaded Acacia Wood Namji Doll
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  • Medium Hand Carved and Beaded Acacia Wood Namji Doll
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    $400.00
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