Mother-and-Child Figure

Mother-and-Child Figure

1800s-1900s

Wood

Overall: 63.6 cm (25 1/16 in.)

James Albert and Mary Gardiner Ford Memorial Fund 1961.198

Fun Fact

The mother’s face, adorned with incisions and markings, resemble women who have reached puberty.

Description

This sculpture is used to symbolize the power, independence, and social roles of women in ceremonies and festivals of the Tyekpa society, a social subgroup of the Senufo people. Mother and child figures pay homage to and honor the memory of an elder tyekpa "mother." The mother’s nurturing act affirms women’s life-giving qualities.

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

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