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Item Details
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Culture
Southern Africa, Lesotho, Southern Sotho people, 19th or 20th century
Title
Fertility Figure
Work Type
Textile
Date
1800s-1900s
Material
wood, glass beads, fiber
Measurements
Overall: 25.4 cm (10 in.)
Description
Fertility figures like these were used during the initiation ceremonies of pubescent girls. Integrating talismanic materials in their fabrication, the figures were meant to guarantee fertility and prevent or cure barrenness--a gourd’s womblike shape and the seeds within symbolize fecundity. They are sometimes also called "child figures" because a young bride would care for them as she would for her future children, carrying them on her back and sleeping with them until her first child was born. [Constantine Petridis Cleveland Museum of Art, (4/16/11-2/26/12); "The Art of Daily Life: Portable Objects from Southeast Africa"]
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: African Art
Department: African Art
Gallery: 108B Southern African
Provenance: Jonathan Lowen, London; Bowmint Collection [Nicolas Maritz], Pretoria, 2009
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
2010.208_full.tif
SSID
24627235

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