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wood carving of a fertility figure
  • unknown maker from Sierra Leone
  • wood carving of a fertility figure, 1975
  • Where object was made: Sierra Leone
  • wood, carving, staining
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 48 x 20 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 7/8 x 7 7/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.048

Carved wooden female figure, stained dark brown. The figure is standing with the arms extended straight out to the sides. The head is very wide and flattened at the back and is very large in proportion to the body. The forehead is large and sloped backward and the nose and eyes are both very large. There are long breasts that extend out from the body and the back is curved, with a slightly protruding stomach. There is a square wooden base at the bottom attached to the figure.