Mother and child
Knysna Yellow Wood. 56 x 19 x 18 cm
In South Africa Herman Wald was fascinated by the vital force exuded by African women and these have inspired this sculpture which he also based on the “Venus of Willendorf”, (Vienna, Museum of Natural History). Like her 21,000 year old prototype, this figure has no facial features as it represents the universal female entity, with the addition of the elongated form of a girl child joined to her body. The solidity of the figure and the broad thighs express fecundity. He has further stripped down his style to create an effigy that is modern and ancient at the same time. The figure is absolutely frontal and symmetric, like a pagan idol of the earth mother.