Yellow Namji Doll


The Yellow Namji Doll is meticulously carved from African Rosewood. Originating in the heart of Africa, this geometric masterpiece is adorned with a medley of vibrant beads, metals, and shells. Symbolising fertility, each doll is a unique work of art, played with by children and treasured during wedding ceremonies. Endowed with potent charms, the Namji Doll is believed to enhance fertility and protect against evil spirits. Carried by brides for good luck, it finds a revered place on family altars or is passed down through generations.

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of African artistry with our Yellow Namji Doll, a cultural masterpiece carved from the rich African Rosewood. Indigenous to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea, each doll is handcrafted from a single block of African Rosewood, bringing forth a geometric shape adorned with a kaleidoscope of multi-coloured beads, metals, fibres, cowrie shells, coins, and leather.


These dolls, characterised by unique statures and facial expressions, hold both aesthetic and cultural significance. Unadorned versions, crafted by blacksmiths, become cherished playthings for young children. However, during wedding ceremonies, adorned Namji Dolls transform into potent fertility symbols.


Given to brides, these dolls are believed to possess powerful charms that amplify fertility, ward off evil spirits associated with infertility and difficult labor, and bring good fortune. The bride carries the doll as a talisman, be it in her purse or on her person. Once her wish for a child is fulfilled, the doll finds a sacred place on the family altar or is passed down to her daughter, carrying with it the legacy of fertility, protection, and cultural heritage.


Standing at 16cm tall and 6cm wide, our Yellow Namji Doll is not just a work of art; it’s a cultural ambassador, embodying tradition, fertility, and the enduring spirit of the Namji people. Made from the finest African Rosewood, this doll is a celebration of African craftsmanship, cultural richness, and the timeless bonds that connect generations.

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