By Carla Herling
Drake University (formerly University of Iowa)

Guinea-Conakry; Baga peoples

Female figure


H. 67 cm. (26")

University of Iowa Stanley 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.