Agricultural

By Carla Herling
Drake University (formerly University of Iowa)

Guinea-Conakry; Baga peoples

Female figure

Wood

H. 67 cm. (26")

The University of Iowa Museum of Art, The Stanley Collection, X1986.410

The Baga people of Guinea placed large wooden figures in male/female pairs in small thatched huts between their village and the forest.  They were intended to watch over the village and to provide both human and agricultural fertility.