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.
Shrine Maternity Figure
Object Name:
Figure, Maternity, Shrine
Other Name:
Figure, Maternity, Shrine
Place of Origin:
Yoruba, Nigeria, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 28"
W = 16"
D = 9"

Yoruba people are prolific artists and craftsmen. Most of the Yoruba art objects date from between the end of the 19th century and the middle of the 20th century.

Bacquart, P. 100

Shrine maternity figure with large oval—shaped head, high crescent—shaped hairstyle, painted blue. Large broad nose, large bulgy eyes, blue eyebrows, large crescent—shaped ears, large protruding open lips. Band around center of long neck, necklace with wooden bar across elongated breasts. Holding with both hands a small child nursing left breast. Mother's right hand holding a rooster, with talons holding a dog's head and other leg holding baby. Another dog seated on left side. A second baby in backpack, clutches mother's shoulder area, with both outstreatched arms. Traces of white paint over entire buff—colored wood figure.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Paint
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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