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Alangua - ceremonial female figure. The eastern coast of the Côte d'Ivoire comprises the area of lagoons, where the population is divided into twelve different language groups with Akye being one of them.
This statue came from the Lagoon region of the southeastern Côte d'Ivoire and may be attributed to the Akye. The statues of this type were used in many different ways. The figure could have been owned by a diviner, for use in conveying messages to the spirit world, or it may have been prescribed by the diviner to the client. Alternatively, it may have been intended to represent (and house) a man's 'spirit lover' from the other world or it may have been displayed at certain traditional dances.
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