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The two principal groups of the Lagoon area in Ivory Coast are the Ebrie and the Attye (also called Akye). The Lagoon people produced the figures, varying from 10" to 30" in height, which were usually full-frontal, standing female figures with muscular legs and arms. Typical are button-like scarifications and elaborate coiffure divided into raised masses. The figures of this kind could have served in a variety of contexts. It may have been owned by a diviner, for use in conveying messages to the spirit world, or they may have been prescribed by the diviner for a client. Alternatively, they could have been intended to represent a man's 'spirit lover' from the other world, or it may have been displayed at certain traditional dances.
Provenance: Raskin Private Collection