(Mole, Moose, Mosi), Burkina Faso
Male ancestor figurine.
The Mossi number 2,2 to 3,5 million
and represent a third of the
population of Burkina Faso. The Mossi are unique in Burkina Faso for their centralized and
hierarchical political system. The nakomse are the ruling elite and are direct
descendants of the first invaders from the south. The blacksmiths-sculptors formed a
separate caste and lived in separate quarters. They were feared by their neighbors and
participated actively in rituals. They made jewelry, metal and wood sculpture, statues and
masks. Mossi bronze and brass figures are owned and used ritually by the ruling elite even
though the aristocracy had adopted Islam in the seventeenth century. These figures
commemorated ancestors and were kept inside the hut of the oldest of the wives. They
appeared at the funeral of the sovereign and at the time of the annual sacrifice when the
first fruits of the harvest would be offered.
bronze, vegetable fiber, tissue, leather,
Size: 19x 6½x 6