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Motherhood figure Agni (N° 20943)

Carved and decorated according to aesthetic criteria allowing to "capture" the spirit to which the medium or healer is addressing, this maternity has an elaborate braided hairstyle and beaded ornaments. beads. Each of the children on her lap grasps a breast. These types of statues were valued for the effectiveness of the rites they performed.
Satin polychrome patina. The work of a sculptor from the Agni ethnic group, a sub-group of the rich and famous Akan people present in the Ivory Coast and southern Ghana, this African statue ensured communication with the spirits of the ancestors and genies established in the supernatural world and belonged to the Comian female members of secret societies, endowed with occult gifts. The Portuguese came into contact with the Akan at the end of the 15th century and quickly settled in the coastal region to develop the gold and slave trade. The artistic expression of the Agni ,living in eastern Côte d'Ivoire, is marked by the influence of the lagoon populations composed mainly of the Attyé , Akyé , and Ebrié , and that of the Baoulé . ( source: "Trésors de Côte d'Ivoire", F.Neyt; "Art from the Ivory Coast" Fisher and Homberger).  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyAgni
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm58
Width25 cm
Weight5.13 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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