19th Century Angolan Childbirth Image

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Wooden statue showing childbirth, Angola, 1801-1900
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I discovered this image while researching medical history on London’s Wellcome Library website.  Information available includes data on the date and origin (19th century Angola), plus this description:

Carved from wood, this statue shows a woman giving birth standing up. A gourd is suspended from a cord around her waist. Carvings that depict childbirth are rare in Angola, where this statue was made. Many spiritual agencies are invoked to promote healthy childbirth and most woman-and-child imagery is created for this purpose.

This image, which provides a clear representation of childbirth and shows the emerging baby from the standing mother, could be helpful in the visualization of birth. The Wellcome Library contains other useful images, some of which have been discussed here before (see Ancient Roman relief carving of birth).