Mother and child figure - ROM2014_14312_2


Mother and child figure

Maker: Yoruba
Medium:Carved wood with cowrie shell and coin decoration
Geography: Nigeria
Date: 19th-early 20th century
70.5 x 33 cm
Object number: 950.126.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. A.W. Banfield
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionMaternity figures are a recurring theme in Yoruba sculpture. According to Yoruba belief, children are a blessing from the gods and the bond that connects a mother and her children is considered extremely powerful and valuable. Kneeling female figures holding and carrying children are found as votive offerings on deity shrines – an offering to encourage the god to bestow fertility. This particular figure was probably found on the shrine of Oduduwa, the founder of the Yoruba royal dynasty.
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