I am currently running a NO RESERVE listings event to promote the forthcoming relaunch of
Discover African Art and RAND Tribal. (More information below the listing.)
Mossi biiga, Burkina Faso
early 20th century
ex private collection, US
*The neck on this figure has been broken and previously repaired.
An authentic tribaly used figure with signs of age and use.
These figures, called biiga (child), are used by Mossi girls as dolls, but also to prepare the girls for their future
rolls as mothers. Over the years, the girl will carry and hold the doll and treat it with butters or oils. While some of
the figures are eventually discarded, some are passed down or inherited from a family member. While the primary
use of the figures is for education, some also hold importance for adult women. Often times a woman will bring
the doll along when she departs her father's home to live with her new husband, the roll of the figure becomes
one of fertility in this case.
High resolution photos of this object can be seen on the page in the following link:
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as described. Each piece will include a summary of its collection history, if it is know, and place of origin.
* I am currently in the process of preparing an exhibition of maternity and fertility figures for RAND Tribal.
All objects on the website have been taken offline and the website will be relaunched on TUESDAY JANUARY 18th!
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