Images of African women carrying vessels atop the head are fairly iconic -- rendered both photographically and in other media. Men portrayed in the same
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, Apr 7
Images of African women carrying vessels atop the head are fairly iconic -- rendered both photographically and in other media. Men portrayed in the same posture and activity are less common. As the gathering of water is a task more commonly executed by women in African communities, this expansion of portrayal may explain the enhanced decoration on the male figure (i.e., artistic rather than documentary of actual reality). The style of carving and the appearance of the wood -- as well as the fairly unrefined decorative aspects of the clothing portrayed -- suggest that these figures are commercial production.
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