Figure of Mother and Child (Phemba)
Arts of Africa
On View: Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
11 1/4 x 2 3/4in. (28.6 x 7cm)
mount: 12 × 4 × 3 in. (30.5 × 10.2 × 7.6 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Prior to 1922, provenance not yet documented; by 1922, acquired by François Poncelet of Brussels, Belgium; 1922, purchased in Brussels from François Poncelet by Stewart Culin for the Brooklyn Museum.
Figure of a mother seated cross-legged on square platform, supporting child with adult facial features on her lap with left hand under his head and right hand on his leg. When Mother's figure is frontal, her feet are side view; breasts are prominent as well as raised scarification marks on chest. Other similar scarification marks are on upper back. She wears a loin cloth, bracelets, and a band around the top of her bosom and around her biceps. Her eyes are open; her nostrils are wide; and her mouth displays a top row of teeth. Her coiffure is high, the top edge of which curves down behind a small set of ears. Wood is light with several cracks.
Yombe. Figure of Mother and Child (Phemba), 19th century. Wood, 11 1/4 x 2 3/4in. (28.6 x 7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1137. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.1137_SL3.jpg)
threequarter, 22.1137_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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