late 1800s–early 1900s
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Wood and iron
Overall: 145 x 31.8 x 23.2 cm (57 1/16 x 12 1/2 x 9 1/8 in.)
René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.460.1
This pair is of a male and female and is said to represent the culture's primordial couple. There are no other carved mother-child figures that originate from the Monzombo ethnic group.
The Ubangi region's history of successive migrations and assimilations has resulted in numerous exchanges of religious beliefs and ritual practices. Despite some stylistic traits, including the heart-shaped faces and the male's crested coiffure, this figure with its female pair is unlike any other in the Ubangian corpus. Based on indirect evidence, the pair is said to represent the culture's primordial couple.
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