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Mami Wata figure, 1950s (wood & pigment)

Image number
MNS3746054
Title
Mami Wata figure, 1950s (wood & pigment)
Artist
Igbo People, (20th century) / African
Location
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, USA
Medium
wood and pigment
Date
1950 AD - 1959 AD (C20th AD)
Dimensions
86.4 x35.6x25.4 cms
Description

Beautiful, seductive, powerful, and fearsome—that’s Mami Wata, a water spirit usually represented as a snake charmer or a mermaid. Her name is derived from the pidgin English for “Mother of Water,” and she is an auspicious yet ambiguous being of great spiritual power. Associated with health and wealth, love and good fortune, she is celebrated throughout Africa and the African diaspora.

Photo credit
© Minneapolis Institute of Art / The Norman Gabrick Endowment for African Art / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
snake / snakes / serpent / reptile / animal / animals / wildlife / carving / carved / figurine / statuette / sculpture / art / arts / reptiles / mythology / female / luck / snake / love / prosperity / strong / strength / wrestling / ritual / sculpture / serpents / mermaid / snake charmer / reptile / familiars / supernatural / familiar / tribal / wealth / goddess / deity / woman / mythological / power / water / health / fierce / snakes / myth / nigerian / mami wata / nigeria

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Medium 659 × 1024 px 56 × 87 mm 1 MB
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