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|Attie, Côte d'Ivoire|
This rare and wonderful staff, carved from a single piece of wood, exhibits a single, finely carved figure perched atop and glossy patina reflective of decades of use and care. It does not photograph well, but in person is elegant, refined, and has evidence of use and age. The surface shows a great deal of handling and there are areas of encrustation and old kaolin pigment remaining in grooves in and around the figure. As with other staffs of this quality and style, it probably once belonged to a man of great prestige, and/or a man of wealth in a village leadership position. These men were known as hobis. According to some scholars, Attye figures are most likely the representation of ancestors or the embodied spirit from the other world invoked for they help insure good health, fertility, prosperity, good crops, etc. It is also said that professional healers and diviners use these spirits to ask their assistance when performing their ritual. In the healing and divination process, the roles of these figures were to convey messages to the spirit world. During a consultation to a diviner, the spirit would come out to possess the diviner, causing a trance. The figures help elucidate the mystery and find the solution. Others believe that these figures were occasionally given as prizes to outstanding dancers. (ref Africa, The Art of a Continent, Phillips, Prestel, 1999).
|Lot ID: 15|
|Low Estimate: $2,200|
|High Estimate: $4,200|
|Next Bid: $1,100|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain, oils, remains of kaolin pigment stain|
|Dimensions: 38.5" (97.79 cm) height x 2" (5.08 cm) width|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Côte d'Ivoire|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Staff|
|Further expertise and reading: Africa, The Art of a Continent, Phillips, Prestel, 1999; Visona, A History of Art in Africa; Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa|
|Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, US|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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