Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa, Zaire
8 x 1 8/16 x 1 12/16 in. (20.3 x 3.81 x 4.4 cm)
7.157 oz. (202.9 g)
Bequest of David P. Harris ('46), 2020
Purchased from New Manila Importing Company in 1975.
Several rather deep cracks in the piece, particularly in the lower half.
Brad Hostetler, with Ani Parnagian, "From Private to Public: The Collection of David P. Harris," in Ethiopian Objects in the Blick-Harris Study Collection: Art, Context, and the Persistence of Form, eds. Brad Hostetler, and Lynn Jones, Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture 8, no. 1 (Spring 2022): 5–25. https://digital.kenyon.edu/perejournal/vol8/iss1/1/
The pregnant woman, nude to the waist, folds her hands under her swollen belly. There are indications of an elaborate headdress which begins with braids and flattens out at the back. Her eyes and mouth are represented by slits; her flat nose is arrow-shaped.