Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 9, 2014 – September 7, 2015

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Installation view of Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art

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Left: Detail of Ancêtres M’Bembé, Installation View, Galerie Kamer, Paris, 1974. Right: Maternity Figure: Mother and Child, Mbembe peoples, Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria, 17th-18th century. Wood, pigment, resin, nails.

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Maternity Figure: Mother and Child, Mbembe peoples, Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria, 17th-18th century. Wood, pigment, resin, nails.

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Detail of Maternity Figure: Mother and Child

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Installation view of Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art

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Maternity Figure: Seated Mother and Child, Mbembe peoples, Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria, 17th–18th century. Wood.

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Detail of Maternity Figure: Seated Mother and Child

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Installation view of Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art

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Seated Female Figure, Mbembe peoples, Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria, 17th–18th century. Wood.

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Maternity Figure: Mother and Child, Mbembe peoples, Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria, 19th–early 20th century. Wood, pigment, seeds.

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Seated Male Figure with Rifle and Bowler Hat, Mbembe peoples, Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria, 19th–early 20th century. Wood.

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Installation view of Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art

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Installation view of Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art

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Seated Female Figure, Mbembe peoples, Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria, 17th–18th century. Wood.

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Detail of Seated Female Figure

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Installation view of Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art

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Maternity Figure: Seated Mother and Child, Mbembe peoples, Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria, 17th–18th century. Wood, nails.

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Detail of Maternity Figure: Seated Mother and Child

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Detail of Maternity Figure: Seated Mother and Child

Photographs by Corrado Serra