The Attie (Akye, Ake, Atye...) are a lagoon people of the coastal regions of southern Cote d'Ivoire. They are among the many peoples of this region renowned for their exceptional wood carvings- debatably, the most ravishing on the continent.
In Attie mythology, the Earth is seen as a female deity and is directly related to fertility and fecundity. Attie carvings generally feature female forms with ornate details made to be so beautiful as to promote fertility. The facial features are fine, linear, delicate. The hair is geometric and ornately carved as hair is a fundamental expression of beauty in many African cultures.
This mask is a piece of fine art. It is to be revered and admired for generations to come.