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Mossi anthropomorphic slingshot (N° 17713)

African art among the Mossi. Rare doll statuette whose Y-shaped head could be used as a slingshot. This type of object was used by children to hunt small game or birds. The female figure is indeed represented with two traditional Mossi whistles, additional tools for hunting. She is also wearing the Mossi ethnic scarifications, a ringed neck whose waist bears the striated replica. Very nice old patina. Excellent condition.
Wooden dolls (biiga ), carved in their spare time by the blacksmiths of Burkina Faso,are offered to girls, as well as boys, by their parents. The Mossi who are better off, on the other hand, buy plastic dolls. In the event that the girl does not give birth, a larger doll is carved to treat her as a real newborn. The doll will not be abandoned after the birth of the child, the mother will continue to take care of it. If the birth did not take place, the doll will be offered as an educational toy to a child (Elisabeth L. Cameron).  

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OriginEx-collection Cheminal
Countryburkina faso
Height cm42
Width11 cm
Weight0.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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