Shrine Figure of a Kneeling Woman with Child and Covered Bowl
Lamidi Fakeye (Nigerian, 1928 – 2009)
DimensionsWork : 12 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (32.38 x 6.99 x 12.07 cm)
Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Haight
LabelThe covered bowl held by this female figure represents a container of kola nuts. Kola nuts come from trees of the Cola genus that is native to West Africa. They contain caffeine and were traditionally enjoyed as a mild stimulant at social gatherings, and as an aid to digestion at ceremonial feasts. Kola nuts were also used as offerings to the gods, so this figure of a kneeling woman with child—representing fertility and humility—would have been suitable for use on shrines dedicated to many different deities.