Mother & Child Figure - Attie People - Ivory Coast
In the Southeastern corner of the
Ivory Coast there are 12 ethnic
groups known collectively as the
Lagoon peoples. Each population
speaks a language only distantly
related to that of its neighbors.
Objects in the style of this figure
are usually assigned to the Attie or
Ebrie peoples. This statue was
probably owned by diviners, who
claimed to use it to convey messages to the supernatural beings.
"People of Wood" (as statues are
called in the Lagoon area) are also
used to give physical form to the
spouse whom a man or woman
left behind in the other world (their
"spirit lover"). The figure is known as Nkpasopi.
31.5"H x 8.5"W x 9"D