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Ancestor figure Attié/Akye Nkpasopi (N° 18601)
African art of the lagoon populations of Côte d'Ivoire.
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Campée on wide feet, the female figure adopts a hairstyle divided into two masses engraved with a grid evoking braids. Circular protrusions, regularly arranged, allude to the keloid scars of the ethnic group. Glass bead necklaces make up his adornment. The soft, glossy surface is impregnated with kaolin residue.
The lagoon populations of eastern Côte d'Ivoire mainly include the Attié, Akyé, the Ebrié and the Abouré. Their sculptures offer many similarities. These kingdoms had the first trading establishments offering gold, ivory, slaves and pepper to the West.Among the group of Akan, the Attié, 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 yam, maize and bananas. Their traditional and festive ceremonies are an opportunity to display a wide variety of objects, some of them gold or covered in gold. (source: Treasures of Ivory Coast, F.Neyt)
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