X65.7497 Female with child

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Female with child
Yombe peoples
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Late 19th century
Wood and glass
H: 40.0 cm, W: 11.4 cm, D: 11.0 cm (H: 15.7 in, W: 4.5 in, D: 4.3 in)
Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.7497

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This work was used to reverse infertility in women and was one of the objects belonging to a women’s group dedicated to female health and well-being. Figures of this type depicted young mothers endowed with all the marks of Yombe beauty: elegant and prolific scarification patterns on the chest and the back, a tall conical prestige headdress, elegantly filed teeth, and a serene composure befitting the proud mother of an infant child.

Gallery Text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006

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