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Mossi Biiga Fertility Doll

Mossi Biiga Fertility Doll


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940: Item # 1327721

Please refer to our stock # AF-117 when inquiring.
 $400.00 
Mossi Biiga Fertility Doll. Mossi tribe of Burkina Faso, early 20th century. Purchased from a collection brought back before WW II. Wooden fertility doll, or biiga, of the Eastern style from Boulsa area- concave face, long cylindrical neck, downward breasts, and pointed belly. It is commonly reported that unpolished examples were used as dolls by children; whereas, polished ones were used by adult women in ritual magic. This one seems to have residual polish in the exposed endgrain areas, so it may be a well worn ritual example. Requires assistance to stand. 13 1/2" x 3 3/4" at widest, on 2 1/2" diameter base. 10 oz.