Culture & Art from Central Africa

Ismael Mulera – Mother & Child


Malawi - Dedza Diocese - Mua Parish - Parish Church


It is appropriate that an image of Mother & Child should stand at the front of the church on the side where the women sit. At Mary's feet rests a mtondo: the mortar for pounding maize, which represents the life of the household.

It is worth comparing this image with Ismael Mulera's Father & Child: Christ appears in the arms of both Mary and Joseph. The 'stippled' finish is characteristic of the artist.



Artist: Ismael Mulera

Title: Mother & Child

Date: 1985

Themes: Christ - Child, Church Furniture, Mother & Child, Our Lady, Women, Work

Source: Vidi