Galerie / gallery - African weapons and ethnographica
African sword and knife
African throwing knifes
African club and staff
African spear and arrow
Turkana fertility doll - 15,5 x 11,8 cm
Unlike ordinary dolls used as toys by girls, the Turkana attribute an additional meaning to the fertility dolls that are said to have magical powers to ensure and increase fertility. These dolls are called ikoku (child) and consist of a natural fusion of three doom palm nuts. Such deformities are quite exceptional and are regarded by the Turkana as a sign of fertility. The three notes symbolize the male sexual organ (testicles and penis) and at the same time depict a human figure with the penis representing the head and the testicles representing the body and legs. Although the doll is seen as a boy, it is dressed as a girl. Mothers make fertility dolls for their unmarried daughters, but young childless women can make them for themselves too. The beads used in the loincloths are given by the best friend of the girl's lover or husband. Therefore, the doll is usually named after the giver of the beads, and the lovers consider the object their son. While dancing, the doll's owner often calls out her "son" by name, which is an indirect way of inciting her partner to dance with her. These fertility dolls are worn around the neck, over the shoulder or around the hips. At night they are kept in the houses. After the birth of her first child, the young mother gives her fertility doll to a younger sister.