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unknown Mossi

Ninana (Female Figure)

Late 19th century - Mid 20th century
Carved wood

16.75 x 6.75 x 4.75 in. (42.545 x 17.145 x 12.065 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.14
Other Number(s): 84-22 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Burkina Faso, Volta River Basin (Upper Volta)
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Mossi, Burkinabé, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Burkina Faso - Style and culture of the people of Burkina Faso.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • chieftains - Refers to rulers or leaders of clans, tribes, or other groups. The term typically carries the connotation of rulers who are also military leaders.
  • Mossi
  • patina - An aged appearance caused by environmental factors, acquired naturally or artificially induced; used especially with regard to a surface layer on metal caused by oxidation or corrosion.
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, CĂ´te d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Christopher D. Roy, "Mossi Chiefs' Figures." African Arts 15, no. 4 (August 1982): 53, 55, Figure Number: 2-4.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0006742.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0003252.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Christopher D. Roy, "Mossi Chiefs' Figures." African Arts 15, no. 4 (August 1982): 52-59, 90-91.

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