University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: AF5192
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Maritime Congo
Height: 18.5cm
Width: 6.2cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1924
Other Number84 - Field No SF
29-94-7 - Other Number


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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