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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.

Donation Details

Dan Wainberg donated in the year 2002.


The Appraised Amount is $1,000.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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