This figurative sculpture was inspired by a wax figure/doll created by the Koto people in Chad. The original wax doll reflected changes brought about by the introduction of Islam. Islam does not allow figurative representation, even in children’s dolls. The Koto peoples responded by creating abstract images in wax.
Original inspiration Koto Peoples doll
Source: Isn’t S/He a Doll? Play and Ritual in African Sculpture, Elisabeth L. Cameron