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Standing Female Figure

Artist/Maker: Bamum people (Cameroon)

Date: not dated
Medium: wood and stain
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 7/8 in. (11.7 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Alan Potamkin
Object number: 2012.2.30
DescriptionBecause of its size, this figure was probably a charm of some sort. It appears to have been handled extensively and is well worn. The subject is a woman with large breasts supporting a pot on her head, a type of "woman as nurturer and caregiver" motif that is widespread in Africa. In the Grassfields, this image is usually seen on royal art and is a reference to the supportive role played by royal wives. The bracelet on one arm seems to confirm the identity of this little figure as a royal wife.
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