Sporting a double conical bun, this mask depicting a full face has singularly fine features. Speckled clear patina, grainy residue.
br>The lagoon populations of eastern Côte d'Ivoire mainly include the Attié, Akyé, Ebrié and Abouré. Their sculptures offer many similarities. These kingdoms had the first commercial establishments offering gold, ivory, slaves and pepper to Westerners. Their history is marked by their stormy relations with the Portuguese, Dutch and English settlers in this coastal region where a intense trade in gold and slaves.
Among the group of Akan, the Attié, of Akye-Fo, "the holders of the blade", are divided between those of the North and those of the South. The Attié, palm oil producers, also harvest yams, corn and bananas. Their traditional and festive ceremonies are an opportunity to display a wide variety of objects, some of which are made of gold or covered with gold. (source: Trésors de Côte d'Ivoire, F.Neyt)
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