Pair of Male Female Figures – ANYI-AGNI – Ivory Coastamazigh
Mid 20th century. Wood.
- Female Figure: cm. 54,0 high; grams 1.650,0
- Male Figure: cm. 51,5; grams 1.342,0
The Anyi people are a subgroup of the Akan, originally from Ghana, who fled from the Ashanti subgroup to their current location in present-day Ivory Coast between the 16th and 18th centuries.
The Akan people generally operate under a monarchial system which is also true for the Anyi. The Anyi are a matrilineal people, and women have relatively high social status exhibited in both the political and economic arenas.
The Anyi follow a traditional belief Akan religion. In the traditional belief Akan religion living one’s life so that one will be remembered and respected as an ancestor is a primary motivations. Their religious system is based upon the continued honoring of one’s departed ancestors. When a person passes away an elaborate ceremony follows, involving ritual washing, dressing the deceased in fine garments and gold jewelry to be laid in state for up to three days, and a mourning period that allows the family and community to show their respect for the departed in order to guarantee a welcome into the spirit world.