South Africa Dolls Eastern Cape Xhosa People

Two coneshaped dolls representing the Xhosa people. Most Xhosa live in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The doll on the left has a label with text in handwriting ‘Traditional Xhosa Woman Ntsileng’. According to Google Translate ‘Ntsileng’ means ‘It’s fine’ but it could easily just be a name. The other doll has no tags, it was purchased for me in South Africa by an acquaintance who told me it is a Xhosa.

Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!


Object Dolls wearing traditional costume
Origin South Africa, Eastern Cape
Culture Xhosa people
Medium Fabric, beads, ribbon, natural fiber
Mark or Tag Paper label & none
Made by Unknown
Size H 26 cm
Dated Not dated
Acquired Fleamarket 2003 & Purchase 2009


No postcard available. There should be a nice postcard here that matches these dolls, to show you how the people living in South Africa are dressed in their traditional costume.

There is nothing suitable in our postcard books at the moment, too bad!

Happy collecting,