Mother and Child Seated on a Carved Log

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early 20th century

Bronze

Overall: 5 11/16 × 4 11/16 × 4 1/8 in. (14.5 × 11.9 × 10.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Peter H. Voulkos

2001.51.34356

Geography

Place Made: Liberia, Western Africa, Africa

Period

20th century

Object Name

Figure

Research Area

Africa

Not on view

Label

Resting on a log, the child gazes lovingly into their mother’s eyes. Such sculptures, made throughout West African art history, celebrate the social and artistic value of the intimate connection between mother and child.

From the 2023 exhibition Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, curated by Alexandra Thomas, Curatorial Research Associate

Course History

First Year Student Enrichment Program – Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Colleen Lannon, Summer 2023

First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Mokhtar Bouba, Summer 2023

Philosophy 1.11, Art: True, Beautiful, Nasty, John Kulvicki, Summer 2023

Writing 2.05, Why Write, Anyway?, Erkki Mackey, Fall 2023

Writing 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Fall 2023

Writing 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Fall 2023

Anthropology 31.01, Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies 36.01, Gender in Cross Cultural Perspectives, Sabrina Billings, Fall 2023

Anthropology 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Fall 2023

Art History 89.06, Senior Seminar: Theory and Method, Adedoyin Teriba, Fall 2023

Creative Writing 10.02, Writing and Reading Fiction, Katherine Crouch, Fall 2023

Geography 31.01, Postcolonial Geographies, Erin Collins, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, Harteveldt Family Gallery, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, and Northeast Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 22, 2023–May 25, 2024.

Provenance

Private collection, Germany; Wilhelm Lang [private collection], Germany, 1945-1950; Robert D. Haines [private collection], San Francisco, 1950-1976; Argonaut Book Shop, San Francisco; sold to Roger Arvid Anderson, San Francisco, September 27, 1976; given to Peter Voulkos, Oakland, California, 2001; given to present collection, 2001.

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