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Djenne Terracotta Sculpture of a Seated Pregnant Woman - PF.3674
Origin: Central Mali
Circa: 12 th Century AD to 14 th Century AD
Dimensions: 10.25" (26.0cm) high x 12.25" (31.1cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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The image of this pregnant woman is a particularly powerful one as it`s impact crosses both historical and cultural boundaries. The sculpture is the embodiment of the theme of fertility, and especially when displayed through images of motherhood, is fundamental to many African works of art.

This piece contains much movement and emotion, the resting position looks natural, as does the way she is tilting her head. The modelling of the figure combines realism and abstraction, decoration is applied and incised in the form of jewellery and serpents. The overall result is not only decorative but highly emotive.
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