NEW PORTRAIT FOR THE NINS COLLECTION, El Aljibe, Portrait of a Royal Child Wrapped in Embroidered  swaddling clothes. Unknown author. Dated: 17th century. Material/Technique: oil on canvas. Dimensions: 85 x 101 (with frame). Usual location: Aljibe. Room 2. In the past, swaddling babies after birth was a widespread custom in Europe. This type of diaper allowed the child to be transported without difficulty and also to keep him warm when alone in homes that often had little heating and therefore, overprotective clothing was the only way to provide warmth to the baby. At times, their heads were also covered with numerous cloths, which was due to a logical view of the skull as a poorly closed receptacle of the soul. On the other hand, with the rigidity of the child's wrapped body, it was not only intended to facilitate its transport, but it was the result of an old and reasoned conception of humanity as the last stage and always threatened with bestiality: it was about imposing the upright position thanks to a tight bandage, thus speeding up the development process; it was properly about humanizing. This bandage had to be undone and changed regularly, to allow the baby to move his limbs and clean himself of his droppings, but it is easy to imagine that this was not always the case. In our portrait, the baby, who belongs to the aristocracy, wears richly embroidered diapers.

SCULPTURE OF THE SENEGALESE ARTIST SEYNI AWA CAMARA. African Room, Description: Sculpture,  untitled. Material/Technique: Terracotta. Dimensions: 165 x 30 x 39 cm. Dated: 2019. Usual location: First floor, Hassan Fathy House. Halfway between crafts and naïve art, her creations are pure products of her imagination, so she does not feel the need to justify origins, meanings or possible interpretations. Sculpted in the shape of strange creatures, sometimes with two heads, often with a single trunk and with multiple bodies of children or animals, her sculptures evoke scenes of motherhood and are inspired by the natural environment of the Casamance region, where she lives, and a diverse bestiary. Seyni Awa Camara's vision of life is based on revealed truths, on timeless stories, on the world of human beings and the objects that surround them, and on her condition as an Ouolof woman who feels obliged to unite past with Present.

EKOÏ SCULPTURE OF NIGERIA, African Room,  Ekoï Mask Description: Ibibio-Efik Tuft. Material/Technique: Wood covered with leather. Dimensions: 146 cm Height. Dated: Original piece over 40 years old. Usual location: Ground Floor, Hassan Fathy House. Among the various art forms of the Ejagham people are these carved wooden heads covered with antelope skin. They are very elaborate sculptures, some of which carry a kind of curved horn that represents a type of hairstyle very fashionable in the Cross River region, some enriched with false hair, which young women and married women used during festivals. Of these, there are very spectacular ridges whose dimensions can reach up to 100 cm in height and width, with very elaborate hairstyles.

"GHIRIGORO", Sculpture Park,  Author: Ben Jakober/Yannick Vu, Material/Technique: Bisnissalem stone. Dated: 2021. Usual location: Sculpture Park. It is a concentric circle of rough stones that vary in height from 30 to 60 cm. The spiral has a total diameter of 12 meters, and is reminiscent of Neolithic or early Bronze Age circles that can be found in many countries, and where, it was said, esoteric-type social rituals took place.

From left to right: Portrait of a royal boy wrapped in embroidered swaddling clothes; Sculpture by Seyni Awa Camara; Ekoï Mask; Ghirigoro, Ben Jakober / Yannick Vu 2021

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