Mossi blacksmiths carved wooden dolls called “biiga,” that were given to young daughters.  Mossi dolls were cared for just like babies and were dressed, washed and danced. The figures were associated with fertility and accompanied these girls through initiation and into marriage.


Origin:  Burkina Faso
Time Period: Mid 20th c
Provenance: From a San Antonio, TX collection
Materials:  Wood,  center doll has animal hide, fiber, cowrie shells with custom base
Dimensions: Left H: 7 1/2 in.  Middle H: 11 7/8 in. Right H: 9 1/2 in.               Condition: Figures in very good condition, middle doll has some wear to animal hide
Inventory #A3564,  A3581 &  A3565
Price: $850 for the three figures
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