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|Attie, Côte d'Ivoire|
Carved from a single piece of wood, exhibiting multiple figures and faces perched on carved stands, this extremely finely crafted figurative staff which 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. Unlike most staffs which feature a single figure or no figures, this piece features two complete figures within the shaft of the staff, as well as faces perhaps representing ancestors or deities. This is very sophisticated for such a staff, elevating its importance. For some sources 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. Other sources indicate that these figures were occasionally given as prizes to outstanding dancers. (ref Africa, The Art of a Continent, Phillips, Prestel, 1999).
|Lot ID: 14|
|Low Estimate: $3,500|
|High Estimate: $6,500|
|Next Bid: $1,750|
|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, pigment, encrustation, oils, forged metal (bottom), fiber, glass beads|
|Dimensions: 59" (149.86 cm) height x 2.5" (6.35 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 Al Farrow, US, (renowned American artist/sculptor, work featured 2008 and 2009 at Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, in “In the Name of God: War, Religion, and the Reliquaries of Al Farrow”, and multiple museum shows)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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