Ivory figure of woman in labour

Made:
1890-1930 in Democratic Republic of Congo
This small ivory figure is attributed to the Bahuana people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. It This small ivory figure is attributed to the Bahuana people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. It Group of various amulets, used to prevent/cure various diseases & ailments. From left to right and front to back: Group of various amulets, used to prevent/cure various diseases & ailments and bring good fortune. In the centre is a

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This small ivory figure is attributed to the Bahuana people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. It
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

This small ivory figure is attributed to the Bahuana people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. It
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Group of various amulets, used to prevent/cure various diseases & ailments. From left to right and front to back:
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Group of various amulets, used to prevent/cure various diseases & ailments and bring good fortune. In the centre is a
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Ivory figure, kneeling, hands to ears, eyes closed, to make bearing and birth of child easy, Bahuana, Congolese, 1890-1930

This small ivory figure is attributed to the Bahuana people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. It shows a woman in labour covering her ears with her hands. It is thought to be a protective amulet for women in childbirth, a time when both mother and baby are at risk.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A658228
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust