Welcome to the (African) Dollhouse
In "the olden days," in Sub-Saharan Africa, there was a larger variety of dolls than nowadays, of which I'll describe a few. They used to be made of natural materials, such as wood, earth, or even weeds.
doll, from Ashanti , is one of the most famous worldwide: a wood circle-face on a stick-like body (photo
shown to the left) Ghana
The Mandara mountains Moundang doll, from
Northern Cameroon, made of volcanic
rock, and decorated with tiny beads. This is the one which arguably least
resembles the traditional European-style doll (photo right).
Fali dolls from northern
* male doll made of a corncob, decorated with cowry shells, European beads, leather strips, with a cotton skirt;
From my own doll collection are a few more photos: a Senegalese rag doll, a doll with a straw head covering, and a plastic doll wearing
Martinique's madras clothes
(African diaspora), and an African "Raggedy Ann" style.
|Doll from Martinique|
A few links to sites that show African dolls:
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_dolls