Wooden statue showing childbirth, Angola, 1801–1900

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Wooden statue showing childbirth, Angola, 1801–1900. Carved from wood, this statue shows a woman giving birth standing up. A gourd is suspended from a cord around her waist. Carvings that depict childbirth are rare in Angola, where this statue was made. Many spiritual agencies are invoked to promote healthy childbirth and most woman-and-child imagery is created for this purpose. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: mvtpnfn9.

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