The sculpture seated Maternity is depicting a male seating on what seems to be a royal stool. Seated statues are believed to incarnate fertility, a frequent theme in the region. They help cure illness and help in reproduction, and fertility. The male figure must have been a royal, a merchant, or a trader.
Culture and Traditions
The Idoma language is classified in the Akweya subgroup of the Idomoid languages of the Volta–Niger family, which include Igede, Alago, Agatu, Etulo, Ete, Akweya (Akpa), and Yala languages of Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, and Northern Cross River states.
Dan Wainberg donated in the year 2002.
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Prairie View A&M University, "IDOMA Culture of Arts from western area of Benue State in Nigeria, with kindred groups found in Enugu State, Cross River State and Nasarawa State. Nigeria - (Seated Matrnity Figure)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 72.