Boran Woman and Child

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  • Mirella Riccardi Boran Woman and Child

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”)