Linga Koba Doll


Collection

Priscella Murr Collection


Identifier

MU1


Artist

Unknown


Description

A Linga Koba Doll from the Ndebele People of South Africa. The doll figure wears a colorful robe, a beaded apron, a beaded mask and headdress and stands on two wooden legs wrapped with wire. This doll has special significance to the Ndebele People: every four years, hundreds of Ndebele boys spend two winter months in a secret place in the mountains undergoing the wela, their initiation from boyhood to manhood. During this time the mothers of the initiates wear linga kobe, strips of beadwork that stretch from their headdresses to the ground, to show that their sons are away in the mountains. Linga koba translated means 'long tears'--tears of sadness at losing a boy and tears of joy at gaining a man. This doll may be missing the long beadwork that attaches to the doll's headdress.


Medium

mixed media

Width

5in

Height

16.25in

Length

4.75in

Where Made (Country)

South Africa

Related place

South Africa

Name of Donor

Priscilla Murr