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Figure of Mother and Child (Phemba)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, applied materials
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 12 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (31.8 x 11.4 x 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Kongo (Yombe subgroup). Figure of Mother and Child (Phemba), 19th century. Wood, applied materials, 12 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (31.8 x 11.4 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1136. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE side, CUR.22.1136_side_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Seated woman carved in wood holding a child on crossed legs. Eyes with inset mirrors; teeth mutilated. Necklace and girdle carved in place. Shoulders, breasts and back covered with groups of keloids, illustrating a reaction from trauma. The object is fragile due to active cracks.
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