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    Artist Name:

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


    Mother and Child Figure


    19th century


    Wood, brass tacks, and glass


    12 3/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Fred and Rita Richman Collection

    Accession Number:


    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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