Women and Political Power

By Mary Nooter Roberts
University of California, Los Angeles

Burkina FasoMossi peoples

Figure

Wood

H. 41.5 cm (16 5/16")

Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company, 81.17.115

His own figure and those that belonged to his ancestors are displayed during annual ceremonies when his subjects reaffirm their dependence upon him and his ancestors for their well-being. Identical figures may represent spirits, which protect nyonyose men's organizations. This small figure and others like it were always displayed fully clothed in a colorful cloth wrapper and head tie when exhibited in public.