Africa, Ivory Coast, Senufo, Korhogo area / Mother and Child Figure / c. 1930Africa, Ivory Coast, Senufo, Korhogo area
Mother and Child Figure
c. 1930

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Ivorian
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Ivory Coast, Senufo, Korhogo area
Title: Mother and Child Figure
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1925
Creation End Date: 1935
Creation Date: c. 1930
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: Overall: 63.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1961.198
Credit Line: James Albert and Mary Gardiner Ford Memorial Fund
Style or Period: Africa, Ivory Coast, Senufo, Korhogo area
Context: The Tyekpa women's society, the couterpart of the men's Pondo society, commissioned this dramatic sculpture for public display. Its bold monumentality created an impressive image when carried balanced on the heads of society members during funeral performances. The swelling volumes of the body and the stark angularitiy of the facial expression contrast with the mother's nurturing act to effectively symbolize the power, independence, and social roles of women.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1961.198
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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