Based on its style and iconography, this life size mother and child figure once was kept in a community shrine in south central Igboland. It represents a local deity associated with the land and the origins of the people. It would have been part of an ensemble of varied figures, the number depending on the wealth and importance of the shrine.
Wood standing female figure with a child on her proper left hip. The figure is missing her proper right shoulder and upper arm and feet.
Paul and Ruth Tishman, New York, -- to 1983
Slavery and Freedom, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 24, 2016 (ongoing)
For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1981
Cole, Herbert and Chike Aniakor. 1984. Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos. Los Angeles: Museum of Cultural History, University of California, no. 178.
Vogel, Susan (ed). 1981. For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 146-148, no. 85.