Fertility Doll - Mossi People - Burkina Faso (4742)
The Mossi dolls are carved by village smiths and carvers.
They are used for play and magic. The female figure is
always depicted without arms & legs. Sometimes they
are covered with shells & leather. Quite a few of the dolls
have a downward protrusion from the forehead representing the hairdo of an unmarried Mossi girl. A large number
of the dolls are phallic in shape indicating fertility. Even
scholars have difficulty distinguishing which dolls are
used for play & which are used for magic. A few scholars
believe that those dolls that are rubbed with palm butter
indicate magical use.
12.75"H x 4"W x 4"D
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