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Maternity Nkpasopi Akye, Attié (N° 18265)
Sculpted dan sun dense wood and decorated according to aesthetic criteria to capture the spirit to which the medium or healer addresses, this motherhood coated in white clay, presenting the curved morphology of the statues Nkpasopi , has a sumptuous hairstyle organized in buns. It keeps the plump legs of a child clinging to her back. This type of statues were evaluated on the effectiveness of the rites depicting them. In most cases, these statues served as a mediator between the healers and the spirits that seized them, and they are still used today. Slight desication cracks.
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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 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 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 Côte d'Ivoire, F.Neyt; Art from the Ivory Coast Fisher and Homberger).
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