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Attié Mask (N° 27113)

Surrounded by a crenellated border, this African mask offers simple features that are enhanced by colorful linear patterns. Crusty matte patina.
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 Portuguese, Dutch and English settlers in this coastal region where a intense trade in gold and slaves. Among the Akan group, the Attié, of Akye-Fo, "the holders of the blade", are divided between those from the North and those from the South. The Attié, producers of palm oil, 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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OriginEx-collection française.
EthnyAttié
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm40
Width22 cm
Weight0.90 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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