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AFC072 African Collection & Exhibit

Carved wood box lid with figurine, woman in childbirth, the pregnancy represented by the peaked abdomen. This would have been a container for fertility items, cosmetics and magical items used in fertility rituals. Fertility is important in cultures that have a high infant mortality and the need to increase their numbers in order to dominate nearby tribes competing for food, water, territory and protection from raids.