MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Maternity Figure
Object Name:
Figure, Maternity
Other Name:
Figure, Maternity, Female, Standing
Place of Origin:
Fon, Ivory Coast, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 20"
W = 7"
D = 8"

May be a Bocio figure, which relates to the Vodun or magical ceremonies undertaken to contact the spirit world and trap harmful forces.

Bacquart, P. 29 — The Tribal Arts of Africa.

Standing female maternity figure with crescent—shaped ears, crescent—shaped headdress, arched black eyebrows, oval—shaped eyes. Wedge—shaped nose, crescent—shaped slit mouth, black hair. Brown body, short cylindrical neck, extended breasts, boneless bent arms, flat hands attached to protruding stomach. Cloth wrapped low on waist, short bent legs, standing on square wooden base. Child holding on to back with legs wrapped around mother's waist and hands holding onto body. Child with black hair and eyebrows, similar facial features as mother, broken arms at elbows.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Cloth
Ritually Used
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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