I have looked at my buying notes for both my Dinka dolls and my Ambo
dolls. They were purchased from 2 different women. The dinka doll came
from a woman and her husband who I have purchased from a lot before.
She usually only has 1 or 2 pieces and he has some fantastic stuff
which includes the dancing figure that you liked. They are good people
with a fairly good knowledge. Michelle's wife described the Dinka doll
as Lunda Dinka. I had not checked my entries. I am afraid I do not
know what this may mean.
The ambo dolls were from the Zambian
woman who I mentioned before. I
don't really know her but she seemed Ok. This woman described the Ambo
dolls as Lunda Ambo. If you look at Chris Roys tribes page this makes
sense. http://www.uiowa. edu/~africart/ toc/people/ Lunda.html
When I look at the faces and the net images on these links as well as
the Ambo dolls I think that the doll that your Dinka doll must be Ambo
from one of their groups. The face and dress has a distinct look of
the dress and decoration from the region. Maybe she was trying to
impress me with Dinka. Genuine Dinka pieces always fetch good money.
I think your Pedi doll is displayed in Isn't h/she a doll as a sub
group of the Ambo or something similar. I would need to look again and
don't have my books at home.
Have a look at this link and scroll down to the images at the bottom
of the page. There is more info on other
pages but not specific to the
dolls in question.http://www.ezakwant u.com/Gallery% 20Dolls%20of% 20Southern% 20Angola. htm
I noticed the following among Elizabeth Camerons presentations -
"Masquerades and Gender among the Lunda and Luvale, Zambia."
The following is from -http://antiquesandt hearts.com/ GH0-10-30- 2001-10-46- 36
There is also the following catalogue with dolls from the region.
A striking ensemble of dolls from the Ngangela, Klwanyama, Mwila, and
Muchmba or Oncocua peoples from southwestern Angola represents a
sampling of some of the region's finest figural sculpture. Used as
toys, fertility symbols and educational tools in the socialization of
young girls, the dolls play an important role in traditional community
while documenting popular artistic and decorative
practices. Rudimentary in overall design, these dolls are often
adorned with bead necklaces, coins and other precious material that
serve as amulets, another indication of their important spiritual value.
The exhibition continues with pieces from the Ambo peoples of
southwestern Angola who incorporate 12 distinct groups, including the
Ndonga, Nyaneka, and Kwanyama peoples.
Throughout this region, men's lives centered on cattle herding while
women were prepared from birth to fulfill their dual roles as mothers
and farmers. The girls' socialization as caregiver began with caring
for her younger siblings and cousins, many times in the form of ovana.
According to the exhibit catalog, in some areas, a girl at all times
held under her tongue four or more small quartz stones called
children, or ovana, which she removed only after she had produced a
child. After this time
the ovana were passed down to another young
girl in her family. As these practices suggest, the Ambo and Nyaneka
held in awe women's creative powers as the guardians and nurturers of
Like girls everywhere, Ambo and Nyaneka girls received dolls from
family members or made dolls for themselves out of materials they
found such as clay and fabric scraps.
The dolls were thought to be of great significance because they were
seen as the future offspring of the entire family. Early researchers
and collectors were surprised that the Ambo and Nyaneka resisted even
allowing a doll to be seen when not being carried by a girl, and a
young man who met a girl carrying a doll had to give her a gift or
suffer her curses.
The exhibit's vibrant collection of ritual dolls include pieces from
the Kwanyama and Mwila Nyaneka peoples.
Catalogue is listed in Amazon" In the Presence of Spirits : African
Art from the National Museum of
Ethnology, Lisbon (Hardcover)
Another interesting article that I found is below. I should have this
Vol 30 at work. I will check tomorrow.
In Search of Children: Dolls and Agency in Africa
Elisabeth L. Cameron
African Arts, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Spring, 1997), pp. 18-33+93
This article consists of 17 page(s).
I will keep looking
--- In African_Arts@ yahoogroups. com
, Ed Jones <bucit@...> wrote:
> I am seeking specific information, related to Dinka Fertility
dolls, Ambo/Mwila dolls or Pedi dolls. After asking a couple of
friends, and performing a "limited search in China" (the Internet is
quite restrictive here), more questions arises than answers, which
leaves me curiously puzzled and a bit confused about these dolls.
> I also have a Dinka Doll and Pedi Doll, and would like
seriously entertain purchasing another ... a Dinka Fertility Doll.
After sharing the photo with a friend, it was suggested that it may be
a bit of a "hybrid" (the Dinka Fertility Doll). Maybe, both of my
dolls are. I am not sure. Anyway, I was provided a link to
www.arts-primitifs. com, after perusing the link, and searching the
inventory of dolls from the Angola region --- specifically, Ambo &
Mwila-Namibia, the dolls featured seem to bear a similar style to my
Pedi, Dinka, and the Dinka / Ambo (hybrid) Fertility Doll in question.
> The reference book "Isn't She/He a Doll" was also used, but
specific data related to Dinka dolls was also inconclusive, and the
Owner of the doll (in Europe) is quite limited in knowledge about them.
> Does anyone in the group have knowledge and understanding of the
various or stylized features of these dolls or any information? These
dolls tend to be pricey, so it
would help to to know a bit more -
especially concerning the "Dinka / Ambo (hybrid) one.
> You can find pics of these objects up-loaded in a folder titled
"bucit" in the photos section within the group athttp://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ browse/d47a.
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