Boran Woman and Child
“Boran Woman and Child” Hers is the only tribe whose women’s hair is so intricately plaited. Kenya. East Africa 1968.
Traditionally, most African babies are breast-fed for long periods, even up to two or three years, during which time her husband is expected not to have intercourse with her, lest a new pregnancy saps strength from both mother and first child. Infant mortality is high, often fifty per cent in the first year, due to wide-spread pneumonia and diarrhoea. Indeed, children are frequently not given a personal name until their fifth year for fear that “death will hear of them and make a visit”.
1968 image reworked by artist in 2015 – Hand of the Artist African Headdress Collection
Vanishing Africa Ltd/Mirella Ricciardi ©
Contemporary mixed media hand coloured archival pigment print. In White crackle Lacquer frame with gilt slip
Signed Edition 1/1
Image Size: 16” x 23.5”
Framed Size: 75cm wide x 95cm high
(29.5” x 37.5”)