Mother and Child figure
In the fifteenth century a powerful kingdom grew up among the Kongo peoples. Prestige objects and emblems affirmed the wealth and status of the king and his court, including carved funerary sculptures that were placed on graves as memorials. Intended as conceptual likenesses, ntadi exude the composure appropriate to a person of importance. This example portrays a mother nursing a child. Her headdress incorporates four leopard claws, a reference to the king of the forest and a symbol of royal authority.
Artform: African Art: SCULPTURE
Artist: Kongo People
Country/Culture: Democratic Republic of Congo
Period: 19th century
Date: 19th century or earlier
Size: height: 35.56 cm
Subject: Figure, Female
Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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