African, Attie peoples, Côte d'Ivoire
late 19th–20th century
Place of Creation: Attie peoples, Côte d'Ivoire
41.91 cm (16 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The Attie are a coastal Akan group in close contact with their Baule neighbors. This weathered figure was probably commissioned by a priest to represent an attendant of a deity and was housed in a shrine along with other sculptural works. While most African figures are carved from a single block of wood, this one has separate arms, pegged to the shoulders, which might be manipulated during rites. The outstretched hands suggest a supplicant’s gesture.
Lucien van de Velde (dealer), Antwerp [see note]. May 20, 1983, sold by Alain de Monbrison (dealer), Paris, to William E. and Bertha L. Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1992, partial gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA; 2014, acquired fully with the bequest of William Teel to the MFA. (Accession Dates: June 30, 1992 and February 26, 2014)
NOTE: Yale Van Rijn Archive of African Art, no. 0005155.
Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel