Doll (1) - Leather, Wood - Janus Biga fertility "doll" - Mossi - Burkina Faso

Description
Doll (1) - Leather, Wood - Janus Biga fertility "doll" - Mossi - Burkina Faso
1st half 20th century - Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear

Ex private collection - Paris - France
1st half 20th century
dim: 32x4x6.5cm
weight: 0.3kg

Very rare (the whole body AND the heads are still covered by leather) "Janus" Biga fertility doll from the Mossy ethnic group
A cylindrical, elongated body whose only relief is the breast surmounted by a small face with a crested cap.

The Mossi doll, Biiga, has a complex symbolism in African tribal art and different functions at first sight contradictory: for the little girl she is at the same time the power that will make her get a child and the baby that she learns to care. Biiga goes from mother to daughter or sister to sister. These dolls accompany them during the initiation and after the wedding.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Doll
Indigenous object name
Janus Biga fertility "doll"
Ethnic group/ culture
Mossi
Region/ country
Burkina Faso
Material
Leather, Wood
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
32×4×6.5 cm
Weight
0.3 kg
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