Statuette representing a woman breastfeeding her child.
The Agni people live in Ivory Coast, in west Africa, in the eastern region of the country, and in Ghana. They represent about 250.000 individuals. They were the first people of the country to get in contact with the Europeans, in the 17th century. The Agni (or Anyin, Anyi) are a people of Akan origin, their art is influenced by the one of the Baule of centre Ivory Coast, and by the art of the lagoonal peoples from Southeastern Ivory Coast.
For the Agni, the statuary serves to communicate with the ancestors and the deceased: it receives offerings and libations. With constant aesthetics of the Agni statuary: the ringed neck is characteristic, the hairstyle is typical, the arms are along the body.
- Indigenous object name
- Fily Keita (USA, Los Angeles)
- Region/ country
- Côte d'Ivoire
- 1st half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 45×15×15 cm