Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mother with children figure
  • unknown Oyo maker
  • mother with children figure, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Central Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 54 x 27.5 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 1/4 x 10 13/16 x 13 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3222

The figure of a woman is seated on a small stool. She is nursing one baby on her lap, and has a second shild strapped on her back. The woman's hairstyle has multiple braids going into a knot at the top of her head. Her skin is red, her eyes are white and she has three vertical scars on each cheek. Her skirt is dark blue with faint stripes, but there are many small bits of red, yellow, and blue.