Attie Musical String Instrument 28″ – Ivory Coast – African Art


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A beautiful Attie musical harp-like instrument. This piece has a lot of art to look at. There is a female head carved on the end of the handle and female figure standing on the body of the instrument. There is a turtle carved under the body, a fish carved on one side and a cat like face carved on the other. The instrument measures 28 inches tall when standing upright and weighs 4.5 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object


Country of Origin

Ivory Coast


Attie Attye


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Wood, pigment, leather and plastic strings

Approximate Age


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Weight (Pounds)

4.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.


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Tribe Information

About the Attie People

“The eastern coast of the Ivory Coast comprises an area of lagoons, where the population is divided into twelve different language groups The cultural and stylistic unity of these people justifies grouping the, together for the purposes of this chapter. Before colonization, each village was autonomous and, when threatened, they united to form a ‘confederation’. Unusually, these people are not governed by chiefs, although a man’s social position is determined by his age.”

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.