Mother-and-Child Figure

Mother-and-Child Figure



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.


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.

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African Art
African Art
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