Unknown African artist

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Unknown African artist
Lot #32

Wooden carving of a young woman, Ivory Coast  circa 1970

Wooden carving created by master carver from Atsei tribe. Wooden carving of young woman, with beads at waist. Used in initiation ceremony for young woman going from puberty to adult. The figure's arms move forward and back. The beads around her waist indicate pregnancy; white and yellow colors signify victory over death.
12" x 4.5"