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mother and child figure
  • Yoruba peoples
  • mother and child figure, 1965
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 80 x 26 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 31 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 13 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2735
Label Text

The woman is seated on a three legged stool holding a baby on her lap. She is topless and wears a skirt painted to look like leopard skin. A sash is carved in relief and painted black and red. She is wearing a dark yellow choker and has another red-brown necklace below. She is wearing red-brown bracelets. The baby appears to be wearing a black top with yellow dots and light colored trousers. There is a second child strapped to the woman's back, nestled in her sash, no legs are visible. There is a rope-like apparatus over its back.

There is a smaller scale person on the mother's right, standing but only reaching her thigh. He wears a fez-like hat, a dark yellow tunic with large dark spots and the letters "A" and "B." He appears to be holding a rattle with both hands.