Great Phemba Mayombé Maternity figure - The Democratic Republic of the Congo
From the collection of Steven Mestdag who is Tribal Art Antiquarian.
Phemba, also known as Yombe maternity figures, refers to sculptural objects that depict the figures of a mother and child. Phemba are iconic examples of Kongo art and reflect the degree to which women are treasured in Kongo culture, not just for their fecundity, but as seers and guardians of the spirit. Kongo societies trace their descent through the female line of ancestors.