508 - Seated pregnant lady


Djenne statuary can be totally realist. It can also be hard, as we have seen. This pregnant woman was sculped simply, one would say, but quite effectively. The arms are broken but would have rested on the feet of the huddling woman, the breasts are heavy, the legs are bent to protect the large, round, hanging belly. Childbirth is close and yet this woman remains serene, calm, accepting of nature such as it is. Look at the statue from the back and you will feel her peace and acceptance. But if it is realist, it is acrimonious, as well. Why does this woman, with her large ears, her large hooked nose and her very round eyes, seem to have the head of... Daumier?

H. 17 cm
14-17th century

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