South Africa

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The Ndebele people live in South Africa & Zimbabwe. The Ndebele language is one of the main tribal languages of South Africa. This woman of the Ndebele tribe wears neck bands/rings that signify wealth. Married women wear a beaded apron called mapato, as this doll illustrates.

More info:

South Africa-Travel
Under South Africa Skies
The History of the Ndebele Wallpainting
Traditional African Clothing

Ivory Coast

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There are approximately 350,000 people of the Dan tribe, also called Yacuba/Yacouba, living in the Ivory Coast & Liberia. This doll represents a masked ceremonial dancer called a Tankoe Ge, who dances and entertains for special occasions such as weddings, harvest celebrations, the arrival of visiting dignitaries, etc. The slit eyes indicate the mask is female in form, although it would be worn only by initiated men.

More info:

Masks Descriptions
Dan Masks
Dan Dancer


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