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Attié Mask, Akyé from Côte d'Ivoire (N° 19292)
Topped with three conical buns, this face offers sharp features embellished with inlays of upholstery nails. Light, dense wood. Heterogeneous patina, crusty residue of white clay.
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The lagoon populations of eastern Côte d'Ivoire mainly comprise 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 the West, and their history is marked by their stormy relations with Portuguese, Dutch and English settlers in this coastal region where there was an intense gold and slave trade.
Among the group of the 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: Treasures of Côte d'Ivoire, F.Neyt).
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