Book Review

Maternity

Mothers and Children in the Arts of Africa

by Herbert M Cole

Mother and child figures and images are found universally in African Art. This new book from renowned African Art author Herbert M Cole explores the theme of maternity from a hundred different cultures from Sub-Saharan Africa, ranging over 700 years of sculptures and engravings in wood stone and ivory

Professor Cole has a knack for explaining difficult concepts in an easily understandable way. His important essay explores the meaning and importance of maternity and fertility, and how it can be unique to each cultural group. They can be far more complex than the initial Western interpretations suggest, and Professor Cole successfully persuades the eye and brain to look at these primal objects in a new light

The book includes over 100 photographs of these superbly photographed and selected objects