Oct 28, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 28, 2009

Mother and Child Figure

Mother and Child Figure

late 1800s-early 1900s

Wood and paint

Overall: 64.7 cm (25 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.149

Location

Description

This Mother and Child Figure is attributed to the Yombe peoples, who inhabit a large territory now divided among the nations of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, and Angola. Its origin has been traced to the areas surrounding the village of a master carver in the western Democratic Republic of Congo, where similarly carved objects were collected in the early 20th century. Its naturalism suggests that it could have been the portrait of a real person, and thus an excellent testimonial to the immense talent of the artist who carved it. Once referred to as the “Burniaux maternity figure,” after the Belgian collector F. Burniaux, who owned it from about 1930 to 1980, the sculpture was acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1998.

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

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