Rare Yoruba Maternity Figure
Yoruba Peoples, Nigeria
H: 26 in, W: 12 in, D: 8 in.
African maternity figures depict the ideals of fertility, beauty, character and action; and some signify a primordial mother or very important legendary ancestors. They were also the object of prayers for fertility and successful births. This imposing Yoruba
maternity figure is carved out of a single block of wood. The theme of maternity figures testify to the importance of women and children in the community.