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Attye Maternity Female with Pegs Lagoon Africa 27 Inch

Regular Price: $650.00

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Title Attye Maternity Female with Pegs Lagoon Africa 27 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Lagoon region/Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso
People Attye
Materials Wood, pigment, string, glass and plastic beads, iron earrings
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 27.5 Inches
Width: 9 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair one peg broken off on right leg. one peg missing. bug damage to feet and legs. scraped surfaces, dirt and stains


Provenance: From the collection of Howard Gelb, St. Paul, MN collector of African Art, who was also a businessman, lawyer, and philanthropist. Mr. Gelb died in 2015, at the age of 96.


Additional Information:  A powerful and striking figure with remarkable features.  She wears beaded jewelry and displays all the marks of an excellent Attye statue.  The dark leathery patina on our figure is glorious, and a testament to its age and importance to the village.The plugs are removeable. 


The standing and seated statues of the Attye are some of the most ravishing of all African statuary, combining the best features of Baule artistry with a unique "lagoon" appearance. The bulbous arms and legs, serene face and body shape common to the Attye show definite Baule influence, but Lagoon carvings are stronger and bolder, more daring, with the sometimes massive volumes offset by muscular, but stubby arms. The effect can be extraordinary.


Unique to the Attye, the scarification marks on the neck and abdomen are achieved by the insertion of small wooden plugs. Representing female fecundity, these statues were used in rituals to assist these important forces. The statues were also employed by healers to cure sickness and to convey messages to the spirit world.  Having an area about the size of Germany, squarish Côte d'Ivoire is bordered on the south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Liberia and Guinea, to the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, and on the east by Ghana. Except for the western hill country around Man, Côte d'Ivoire is mostly flat. The coastal area is notable for an inland lagoon that starts at the Ghana border and stretches 300km (190mi) along the entire eastern half of the coast. The cultures of the Lagoon area are a loosely-mixed association of 12 different language groups, and their arts are rare and difficult to attribute. The pegs used by the Attye are distinctive, but on occasion you will find similar scars used by other groups.