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Description

Male or generic form with arms, slightly out from sides, ending at hips. Four vertical lines indicate hands on either side. Oval head with flattened face, forehead and triangular nose are in higher relief, horizontal incised lines at eyes, mouth and less deeply for eyebrows. Legs are minimally shaped, flaring slightly at feet.

History Of Use

Traditional ivory dolls are carved by fathers as toys for their daughters. Skin and other clothing is usually removable and interchangeable. Small ivory figures are also used as fertility images by childless couples to help induce pregnancy. Figures may also stand in for individuals at important festivals. A wooden human image is a central figure at ceremonials related to hunting and fishing.

Cultural Context

ceremonial; fertility; toy

Item History

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