YORUBA MATERNITY FIGURES, NIGERIA

Yoruba
Figure 1
37" high
$2000

Offering
Bowl 16
18" high
$2000


Yoruba
Couple 2
9" high
$1500/pair

Yoruba
Figure 4
14" high
$1000

  Offering
Bowl 19
10" high
$600

All of the maternity figures above have been vetted as authentic.

Despite their appearance the maternity figures below were probably made to be sold.

Yoruba
Shango 21
21" high
$400

Offering
Bowl 35
23.5" high
$500

Yoruba
Figure 6
13" high
$300

Photographs © Tim Hamill

YORUBA, MATERNITY FIGURES, Nigeria

Yoruba figures like these were used in many different ways.

Exhibiting a wide diversity in size, symbolism, intimacy and style, African maternity figures depict the ideals of beauty, fertility, character and action and many signify much more, whether the primordial mother or a legendary founding ancestor. Commonly used as shrine figures, they were often objects of petitions or prayers for fertility and successful births. The prevelance of the maternity theme testifies to the importance of women and children to the continuity of each people.

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