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Attie figure (N° 13439)

This African statue of Attié is a classic representation of the queen, with a long ringed neck, arms raised, oversized hands with long fingers joining a headdress composed of three cylindrical buns. Verticality is a recurring element in Attié African sculpture. Smooth beige gray patina. The lagoon populations in eastern Côte d'Ivoire comprise mainly 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. Their history is marked by their stormy relations with the Portuguese, Dutch and English colonists in this coastal region where a intense trade of gold and slaves. Among the Akan group, Attié, of Akye-Fo, "the holders of the blade", are divided between those of North and those of South. Attié, producers of palm oil, also harvest yams, corn, bananas. Their traditional and festive ceremonies are an opportunity to display a wide variety of objects, some of which are gold or gold-plated (source: Treasures of Côte d'Ivoire, F.Neyt)  

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Originex-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Height cm65
Width28 cm
Weight4.20 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1970

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