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Vintage

Hehe Beaded Fertility Doll

Africa Direct

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Hehe Beaded Fertility Doll
Hehe Beaded Fertility Doll
Hehe Beaded Fertility Doll
Hehe Beaded Fertility Doll
Hehe Beaded Fertility Doll

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Product Information

Era:
Vintage; 1960s
Condition:
Good; some minor chips and scrapes
Country of Origin:
Tanzania
Materials:
wood/cotton/glass/shells
Size:
15.5" L x 4.5" W
Color/Finish:
multi

Why We Love This

Doll with arms of strands of beads and a beaded chignon. The body is covered with strands of beads ending with cowrie shells. The Hehe style is recognized by the concave face with eyes encrusted with beads. Dolls like this were used in the ritual of fertility for young Hehe girls.
As described by Africa Direct

About Africa Direct

Africa Direct, Inc. is owned by Elizabeth Bennett and Sara Luther. African art, trade beads and ethnic jewelry are both business and passion for Sara and me. We started buying African art twenty years ago as gifts for our children, four of whom are adopted and are African-American. We had been active in anti-apartheid politics for some time.

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