Dukker, African spirit doll
This figure represents an ancestral spirit known as a Makishi. It was made by the Chokwe people who live in the south-west region of Africa in parts of Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This figure was probably made quite recently for sale to tourists. It is not for "traditional" use and does not resemble any one character. Instead, it has some the features of two ancestral spirits - Katotola and Mupala.
The Chokwe people believe that the spirits of people who died long ago can influence their lives. Men dress up as these spirits, putting on masks and fringed skirts, painting their faces and carrying sticks or weapons. This figure is brandishing two sticks called kukuwa, which symbolise the bones of ancestors. It appears to be dancing and playing the sticks. The patterns on the body, the fringed skirt and the mask of the Makishi figure are like those worn by a man dressed for his part in an initiation ceremony. In this traditional, secret ceremony, teenage boys are circumcised and learn about adult life.
The figure is made from woven strips of plastic over a wire frame. It is surprisingly light in weight.
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