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Male or generic form with arms slightly out from sides ending at hips. Round head with flattened face, long narrow nose in higher relief, and horizontal incised lines for eyes and mouth. Inside surface of each leg is flat and knees protrude slightly. Horizontal crease at back of knee. Buttocks are defined. Vertical crease at backbone.

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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