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Artist Name:

Kongo Artist, Yombe Region, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, or Angola

Title:

Mother and Child Figure

Date:

19th century

Medium:

Wood, brass tacks, and glass

Dimensions:

12 3/4 inches

Credit Line:

Fred and Rita Richman Collection

Accession Number:

2002.293

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 102, African Collection
This sculpture was made to be used within the context of Mpemba, an organization concerned with fertility and the treatment of infertility, founded by a famous Kongo midwife. The female figure’s studded cap, chiseled teeth, and scarification indicate her aristocratic status. Both the brass tacks and the glass eyes were imported. The light-reflecting glass was associated with an ability to see into invisible spiritual and ancestral realms.



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