This Fipa calabash doll comes from the western region of Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The doll’s hair is represented by strands of small red, blue and white glass beads attached to the top of the gourd. The doll has a pair of white beaded eyes.
The body of the doll has been adorned with wooden attachments, glass beads and strands of woven fibre. Figures such as this were kept and cherished as dolls by girls from various cultures in western Tanzania. They can also be found throughout southern Africa, as well as northern Kenya.
Estimated Period. Mid-20th Century (1960’s)