|Object:||Standing female figure|
|Ethnic group/ culture:||Attye|
|Region/ country:||Ivory Coast|
|Period:||mid 20th century|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
A large, standing 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.
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May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).