Mother-and-Child Figure

Mother-and-Child Figure

mid to late 1800s

Wood

Overall: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 2003.35

Location

Description

This mother-and-child figure was probably part of a cult concerned with the treatment of infertility. Both her jewelry and her seated pose indicate that the woman occupied a high rank in her community. Her miter-shaped hairstyle, chiseled teeth, and raised body scars--considered to be marks of beauty and perfection--signal that the woman incarnates the founding ancestor of a kinship group.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood

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