Mother-and-Child Figure (Bwanga bwa Chibola)

A work made of wood and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.

Date:

Mid–/late 19th century

Artist:

Luluwa
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

This delicate rendering of a mother holding her newborn child celebrates human fertility. The figure was related to rituals dedicated to helping women with childbirth and preventing infant mortality. Scarification patterns, hairstyles, jewelry, and anatomical details expressed the Luluwa concept of bwimpe, which unites beauty with goodness. Such figures may have served as both containers for medicine and symbols of status, reflecting societal changes in the latter half of the 19th century.

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Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Luluwa

Title

Mother-and-Child Figure (Bwanga bwa Chibola)

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1850–1899

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

28.9 × 8.6 × 8.2 cm (11 3/8 × 3 3/8 × 3 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Wirt D. Walker Fund

Reference Number

1993.354

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