The Mokonde tribes of the Tanzania-Mozambique border in Africa depict their social class and status through their artwork as presented in the sculpture of The Kneeling Mother and child. The Makonde people lived and still do as matrilineal society. When a woman is of age where she's entered adulthood, she sacrifices herself. She sacrifices herself in the sense of giving herself to the ways of the culture, but more specifically, facial scarification. She takes part in a ritual where her identity is tattooed on her face just as the Mokonde people engrave in wooden statue of significant people almost their society,. The tattoos are not of her choice. They represent her rank, status, and identity in the Makonde social system. Most mother and child sculptures depict women's fertility through the naturalistic carvings of the women. But this specific piece represents a high status leader within the matrilineal society. If you look closely, the intricate carvings on the women are different. If you look closely, the ears and upper lip are pierced and are complements with ornaments. In this region of East Africa where the Makonde reside, such accessories are symbols of leadership. The figure in the statue also seems to be more important because of the high value of work done in such detail compared to numerous other kneeling mother and Son statues.