Fertility doll "ikoku", Turkana, Kenya.

A fine carved and lavishly decorated fertility doll dressed in traditional fashion, wearing a 'aluminum pendant, a leather apron decorated with glass beads, further strings of glass beads worn around the neck and waist with strings of small vertebrae and seed vessels attached, surmounted by a head with simplified facial features and coiffure made from leather strips.

The dolls were carved by fathers, decorated by mothers, and passed on to daughters as a way to educate them in the ways of motherhood. This education served as a way to preserve the survival of the Turkana and encourage the great role of mother within the community. The tapering leather apron is typical for unmarried young girls.

Variation in patina across the light brown dry wood, skin, glass beads, seed vessels, vertebrae, fibers, loose beadwork, min. dam., obvious wear and use, on MDF base.

Measurements: Height 39,4 cm - 15.5 inch.

Price: € 775,-    Now: € 650,-