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    Mossi (Burkina Faso) Ziniare Region
    "Child" Image
    Wood, leather, beads
    Height: 8 ¾ inches Width: 1 7/8 inches Depth: 2 inches

    This is a cylindrical, abstracted, simplified female figure from the waist up, with pendant breasts and a head with a lateral, disc-like hairstyle. It is partially covered with leather, and with seed beads decorating the waist just above the base, as well as the neck. Beads are also used as eyes. A deep incision bisects the torso, and shorter ones radiate from the navel area.

    Such images were surrogate children, yet they quite accurately reproduce the physical attributes of young Mossi mothers: pendant breasts, stretched and massaged to stimulate lactation, as well as the cosmetic scars respectable girls receive as they approach puberty.

    A strip with beading on the headdress is loose from the top center to the front of the head crest.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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