Ivory figure, Democratic Republic of Congo, 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.
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A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.
Glossary: traditional medicine
Used in the West for sets of health beliefs and practices that developed within the culture of a particular ethnic or geographic group of people, distinct from modern Western medicine. Commonly includes herbal and homeopathic remedies, religious or spiritual ritual, and an holistic approach to patients.
Small object or piece of jewellery worn as a protecting charm to ward off ill health and bad luck.
Glossary: Traditional African medicine