Phemba maternity figure Kongo Yombe
Phemba maternity figure Kongo Yombe
Phemba maternity figure Kongo Yombe
Phemba maternity figure Kongo Yombe

Phemba maternity figure Kongo Yombe

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Commonly viewed as maternity figures, Phemba (also called Pfemba meaning 'the one who gives children in-potentia) are used to symbolize the fertility, growth, wealth, spiritual power and creativity of the entire Yombe community (male and female alike); it is a symbol of the future growth of the Yombe through the continued fertility of the whole community. Phemba figures are also more recently used in women’s fertility cults to honour maternal spirits.