Attye Figure

  • Product Code: AT1-193
  • Dimensions: 8" x 43" x 9"
  • Availability: In Stock
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The Attye people are one of the tribes that live in the Lagoon Regions of the Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), where the population is divided into twelve different language groups. The sculptural art of this area can be identified by common characteristics. Carvings feature an elaborate coiffure and small button-like scarifications on the face and sometimes the body, as is the case with this sculpture. The influence of their neighbors, the Akan to the east and the Baule to the north is apparent. The Lagoon people produced a variety of statue figures, which are typically female with muscular legs and arms. Used by traditional healers, the role of these figures was to convey messages to spirits living in the other world. Occasionally they were even given as prizes to outstanding dancers. -Bacquart

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