Ndebele Initiation Doll


This doll is handmade by women of the Ndebele, some of the smallest tribes in South Africa. Over the years, dolls played an important role in Ndebele culture. This doll wears the traditional dress of a married woman. The style of the apron signifies that she has borne a child within wedlock, and symbolizes her status as a parent. Beadwork is one of the oldest and most elemental of the decorative arts.

  • 10.5 inches high