” Ngide” Tukana Kenya ,ex Bernd Muhlack
To encourage relations between a young woman and her husband or fiancé ,the mother makes a doll from fruit (palm nut) reproducting the male genitals organs and decorates it with beads from the husband best friend .The doll bears the name of the latter and becomes the son of the couple .The woman carries it around her neck during the day ,attached by a cord and then hangs it up in the house . When she calls the name of her son as she dances ,her husband comes and dances with her
This is one of the finest ngide ,i found with double beaded leather coat at the back and nice rows of beads at the front ended by antelope nails .
This is one of the finest exemple
Turkana Ngide ,Kenya
Palm nut ,leather glass beads wapiti nails
ex Bernt Muhlack, collection Germanymore informations about this piece