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Object Number:
AF5192
Current Location:
Collections storage
Provenience:
Maritime Congo
Section:
African
Materials:
Wood
Iconography:
Female
Description:
Figurine of the type of Makonda, representing or symbolizing a tutelary spirit of children, invoked by expectant mothers who have previously lost children. Such figures belong to the class of therapeutic agencies and normally have "medicine" attached or applied in a way characteristic of Lower Congo magical images. This figurine had perhaps never been "consecrated" by the medicine -man. Wooden female figure holding breasts and wearing pointed striated cap.
Height:
18.5cm
Width:
6.2cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from William O. Oldman
Other Number:
84   -   Field No SF
29-94-7   -   Other Number

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