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Statue Attié (N° 14463)

Sculpted and ornate
according to aesthetic criteria allowing to capture " the spirit to which the medium or healer addresses, this effigy with an ovoid face, the curved morphology of the statues Nkpasopi , is adorned with numerous necklaces of brightly coloured beads. This type of statues were evaluated on the basis of the effectiveness of the rituals depicting them. Its beige grey patina is the result of the multiple washes and anointings to which these objects were subjected, inlating deeper into the wood furrows the white pigments of the kaolin. 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 Attié , "Akye", of Akye-Fo, "the holders of the blade" , are divided between those in the North and those in 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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Originex-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm45
Width15 cm
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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