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Female figure Nkpasopi Akye or Abe (N° 16362)
Sculpted and decorated according to aesthetic criteria allowing u-0022capter" the spirit to which the medium or healer addresses, this motherhood with an ovoid face, the curved morphology of the statues Nkpasopi , has a sumptuous hairstyle organized in buns and long braid. This type of statues were evaluated on the basis of the effectiveness of the rituals depicting them. In most cases, these statues served as a mediator between the healers and the spirits that took hold of them, and they are still used today. The lagoon populations of eastern Côte d'Ivoire include 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.Among the group of Akan , the Aattié ,"Akye", Akye-Fo, "The holders of the blade", divide between those of the North and those of the South. The Attié , palm oil producers, also harvest yam, corn and bananas. Their traditional and festive ceremonies are an opportunity to flaunt a wide variety of objects, some of them gold or gold-covered. (source: "Ivory Treasury", F.Neyt; "Art from the Ivory Coast" Fisher and Homberger).
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