Mossi blacksmiths carved wooden dolls call “biiga,” that were given to young daughters. The Mossi doll functioned as an educational toy and was named, washed, dressed and cared for like a baby. Mossi dolls symbolized fertility and accompanied girls through initiation and into marriage.
Origin: Burkina Faso
Time Period: Mid 20th c
Provenance: From a San Antonio, TX collection
Materials: Wood with a dark brown patina and custom stand
Dimensions: 9 in. high x 1 3/4 in. wide
Condition: Appears in fine condition
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