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Attye Wooden Sculpture of a Female Ancestor - PF.6318
Origin: Ivory Coast
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 24" (61.0cm) high
Collection: African
Medium: Wood

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The Attye people are one of the major tribes that inhabit the Lagoon region of the southeastern Ivory Coast. Artistically, they are heavily indebted to their neighbors, the Baule. This sculpture depicts woman standing erectly with her bulbous arms held to her side, her hands turned inwards, touching her hips. Her hair has been gathered into a series of buns that radiate around her head. Her diminutive face is typical of the Attye style including her bulging lenticular eyes and her inverted T-shaped nose. The raised scarification that protrude slightly from the sides of her neck, her stomach, and her back are characteristic of the artistic output from this region of the Ivory Coast. This sculpture probably commemorates a deceased ancestor who was continually adulated in the form of this work of art. In a society void of photography, sculptures were used to memorialize and honor the dead. In fact, the deceased were believed to play in active role in the lives of their descendents from beyond the grave. Thus such a work is not just a passive record of an individual but an active tool through with the favor of the deceased’s spirit can be influenced for the benevolence of the entire community. - (PF.6318)


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