Ancestor Figure
Attie , Côte D'Ivoire, Early 20th C.
PROVENANCE: Acquired by Evelyn Annenberg Jaffe Hall from J.J. Klejman Gallery, New York, on October 17, 1967, then by descent to present owner.

Ancestor figures were created for the purpose of representing the spirit of the deceased, and could be a source of fear or reverence. This female figure from the Attie in the Côte D'Ivoire is a stunning example of West African artistic traditions combined with cultural customs. The face and hair are beautifully detailed. Scarification marks can be seen on her face, neck, and stomach. The beaded jewelry is original to the sculpture. Jewelry of many sorts was worn throughout the Côte D'Ivoire and could be utilized for ornamentation, protection against evil spirits, and currency. This sculpture is in excellent condition with one old and stable age crack along its back.

Height: 12.25 in. high.
IN 9-4-13 / SOLD