YORUBA MATERNITY FIGURES ARCHIVES, NIGERIA


The figures below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.

For UNSOLD Yoruba maternity figures GO TO YORUBA MATERNITY FIGURES PAGE

Yoruba
Maternity 4
24" high
SOLD


  

Yoruba
Maternity 1
SOLD

Yoruba
Maternity 3
SOLD
 

Yoruba
Maternity 5
SOLD

Offering
Bowl 37
SOLD


 Yoruba
Shango 43
20" high
SOLD



 

 

Yoruba
Edan Staff 6,
8" high
SOLD

Offering
Bowl 33
29" high
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

YORUBA, MATERNITY FIGURES, Nigeria

Yoruba figures like these were used in many different ways.

Exhibiting a wide diversity in size, symbolism, intimacy and style, African maternity figures depict the ideals of beauty, fertility, character and action and many signify much more, whether the primordial mother or a legendary founding ancestor. Commonly used as shrine figures, they were often objects of petitions or prayers for fertility and successful births. The prevelance of the maternity theme testifies to the importance of women and children to the continuity of each people.

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