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African sculpture African art, specially handcrafted Fertility Statue-G1555

$75 $94

37/16.5-CM
igures representing a mother and child seem to occur less frequently than other subjects, such as chiefs or warriors on horseback, reclining or kneeling females, or animals, especially snakes. The meaning of these ancient maternity figures is unknown. In this example and in other instances, the "children" are obviously mature adults, as indicated by the beard on one of the males in this figure. Perhaps such figures served as symbols of the primordial mother or another mythical figure in the history of a clan in which the sculpture originated. Regrettably, the stratigraphic context in which most of these objects have been discovered and other pertinent data are unknown. Even so, it is possible to date the objects. In 1979 this figur

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