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Culture:Burkina Faso; Mossi peoples
Title:Doll (paog' biga)
Date Made:mid 20th century
Place Made:Africa; Burkina Faso
Measurements:Overall: 15 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 38.1 cm x 6.4 cm x 6.4 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2020.01
Credit Line:Gift from the Ernie and Diane Wolfe Collection
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Wood doll with semi-circular disk head, half disks on each side of head, cylindrical torso with pendulous breasts and flaring base. Incised linear decoration located above the breasts and mid-torso.

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Cited from Smithsonian National Museum of African Art website - Wood dolls in the form of stylized female figures are carved by Mossi blacksmiths and sold in the market. Parents give them to their daughters, who use them as playthings and to learn child care skills. Later the figures may play a role in initiation and childbirth. If a woman is having trouble conceiving she may commission a new, larger version of her childhood doll.

fertility; female; dolls; breast

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