Wooden statue showing childbirth, Angola, 1801-1900

1801-1900 in Angola
Bazombo people

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Wooden statue, depicting childbirth, from Angola, Bazombo tribe. Three quarter front view, black background.
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Wooden statue, depicting child-birth, from Angola, Bazombo tribe

Carved from wood, this statue shows a woman giving birth standing up. A gourd is suspended from a cord around her waist. Carvings that depict childbirth are rare in Angola, where this statue was made. Many spiritual agencies are invoked to promote healthy childbirth and most woman-and-child imagery is created for this purpose.

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Ethnography and Folk Medicine
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cord and wood
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture

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