Wood and organic material
Overall: 63.6 cm (25 1/16 in.)
James Albert and Mary Gardiner Ford Memorial Fund 1961.198
The mother’s face, adorned with incisions and markings, resembles that of 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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