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Seated female figure - Wood - Attye - Ivory Coast - Asian African Art
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Seated female figure – Wood – Attye – Ivory Coast


Object: Seated Female Figure
Ethnic group / culture: ATTYE
Region/ country: Ivory Coast
Material: Wood
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 78x17x17cm
Weight: 3500 g

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A large, seated female figure carrying a vessel on her head.
The Attye belong to a group of small ethnicities, the so-called ‘Lagoon people’, on the eastern shore of the Ivory Coast.
The sculpture shown here embodies the typical style of the Attye: mostly female figures with rounded, sturdy forms, oval faces with sharp-edged, long noses, slit eyes in the form of coffee beans, and a small mouth. Shoulders and hips appear broad, the rest of the body relatively long. The women frequently carry an object on their heads, as in this case a sort of barrel. A particularity in the female figures of the Attye are the dotted scarification marks on the entire body. They are made by inserting small wooden spikes into pre-drilled holes.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.