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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

South African

Figure of a woman c.1995

RCIN 94563

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Maize has traditionally been hand-processed in sub-Saharan Africa using long wooden pestles and mortars. It is a laborious task, usually undertaken by women, who spend several hours each day preparing grain to feed their families. This stylised statuette of a woman pounding maize was presented to The Queen by the Premier of Eastern Cape during her State Visit to South Africa in 1995.