University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:AF5192
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Maritime Congo
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Iconography:Female
Height: 18.5 cm
Width: 6.2 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1924
Other Number:84 - Field No SF
29-94-7 - Other Number

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.


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