Woman and Child

Woman and Child

mid- to late 1800s

Wood

Overall: 26.2 x 9.2 x 7.4 cm (10 5/16 x 3 5/8 x 2 15/16 in.)

Weight: 0.28 kg

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 2003.35

Location

On view at:

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Nov 10, 2022 - Feb 27, 2023

Description

This mother-and-child figure was probably part of a cult concerned with the treatment of infertility. Both her jewelry and her seated pose indicate that the woman occupied a high rank in her community. Her miter-shaped hairstyle, chiseled teeth, and raised body scars--considered to be marks of beauty and perfection--signal that the woman incarnates the founding ancestor of a kinship group.

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

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