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Women in African art

Wife, mother or queen: women have always featured prominently in African art. A homage to the ultimate in muses.

Often depicted with exaggerated curves, full or thin lips depending on the country and sometimes with sumptuous braids springing forth from wooden or terracotta sculptures, with rounded bellies and pointed breasts, their physical beauty is synonymous with their inner beauty in terms of morals, generosity and a gentle nature.

Women were revered and honoured in representations from ancient Egypt, such as in this famous bronze statue of the goddess Isis nursing the god Horus: seated in a haughty pose with her back straight, she symbolises a woman with political power and, quite simply, a woman who maintains the balance within the household. These are just some of the works of art which exalt Women with a capital W, who lie at the origins of life itself and guarantee its presence as well as its future.

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