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Maternity Figure

Vili (Kongo)

Artwork Details

Maternity Figure
19th century
Vili (Kongo)
polychromed wood, porcelain, glass beads, and cloth
11 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 5 9/16 in (29.5 cm x 13 cm x 14.2 cm);11 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 5 9/16 in (29.5 cm x 13 cm x 14.2 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Betty J. Lockett Memorial Fund; the Mary Kujawski Memorial Fund; and the Alfred E. Pernt Memorial Fund, in honor of Dr. of Technical Services Max H.J. Pernt and his wife Anna Pernt (née Mueller)

On Display

Not currently on display


The Vili, along with the nearby Yombe and other Kongo groups, produce many mother and child sculptures. While these are said to serve a variety of ritual and political purposes, their precise use remains largely undocumented. Carvings from this area tend to be carefully and fairly naturalistically rendered.

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