There is an excellent chapter with illustrations in African Dolls for Play and Magic edite by Esther A Daganpp. 97-99. Quotation from the chapter "Girls from various groups in Gabon play with dolls made of leaves,straw, fruit, bamboo and othe natural materials. I saw them on many occasions in 1966 during my two-month visit."


Figure from Gabon offered for sale on Ebay October 2001:
Words to the national anthem: Adopted 1960
CIA Factbook - Gabon:
Tourist information:

Purchased on Ebay March 2002. 37.00 with shipping. Says only "purchased in Gabon" by former owner.

This standing African Mask Statue, origin unknown, was purchased in Gabon, West Africa. It is hand-painted in red, yellow, white & black. It is wearing a head-dress with long braids on each side. It is 13" tall.

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Dolls of the World

I have just begun this page to share information about my own new international doll collection and to organize data about dolls of the world.

Contribute to my page, please. I set out to add a penpal from every country in the world several years ago, just as I am now aiming for a complete survey of dolls from every country. If you have a favorite memory of a souvenir doll please share and I will incorporate your comments under the appropriate country.

To me this is a way to travel the world without leaving home, though in fact it seems to be leading to plans for a trip around the world in my future.

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