African tribal carved Angi Maternity figure. Pre 1940. Ethnographic antique.
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Item:172799031696Details: African tribal carved Angi Maternity figure. Pre 1940. Ethnographic antique.Seated on a stool and with a child on her lap. Hard wood polychrome, black, white, red, soot. Pre 1940. This is a stunning Maternity figure.See: Woolley and Wallis . Lot 719 (ex collection Monika Wengraf) Est £2800-3400 sold for £2200. 2nd July 2013. (Photograph in Judith Miller, Antiques Handbook 2016-2017.)The two principal groups of the Lagoon area of the Ivory Coast (West Africa) are the Ebrie and the Attye (also called Akye). The Anyi people, also called Angi, live to the north-east of this area and evolved an artistic tradition reflecting the influence of both the Lagoon and the Baule people. Representing the forces of female fecundity, these statues were used in rituals to encourage fertility. This type of statue was known under the tribal name of ‘alangua’.Dimensions: 46cms high x 14cms x 11cms Weight: 1.25kgsCondition: Exceptional antique condition. The female torso is complete with old glass trade beads. It would be hard to imagine finding a finer example of this idiom. The face is particularly beautiful. A museum collection quality and an exceptional piece of art in its own right.