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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, Côte 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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