This striking image celebrates fertility, but
reminds us that there is always pain. The
pregnant woman sits upright and symmetrically
with her hands clutching her distended stomach.
The surface of the clay is incised with decoration
resembling tattoos, and the whole body is
attractively painted with rich browns and russet.
The power of the sculpture is undeniable, and its
subject could well be a woman of great tribal
importance, denoted by the scale of the piece
and her headwear and decoration. Could a proud
descendant to honour a worthy ancestor have
modeled this piece?