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Attye Standing Female Figure Lagoon Region African Art

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Title Attye Female Figure, Lagoon Region, Cote  D'Ivoire
Type of Object carving
Country of Origin Lagoon region/Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso
People Attye
Materials Wood/stain
Approximate Age mid 20th Century
Dimensions Height 28 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 foot has been repaired; the other has a large chip. Upper left leg broken and repaired as shown in photo. Does not stand well.

Additional Information: The  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. This magnificent female is a bit more slender than usual, leaning toward the Baule ideal in body shape, yet it is undoubtedly a Lagoon figure. 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. The dark leathery patina on our figure is glorious, and a testament to its age and importance to the village. 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.

The offered figure would be well placed in any collection.

For more information and examples see  ART OF AFRICA by Visona et al.

I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.