Located on the ground floor of the Residence Plein Sud, the Galerie M'Pataô is a traditional and ethnic art gallery of more than 1,200 square meters which is more than 1,600 pieces from the private collection of the late Mr Angoua Koffi Maurice.
"M'Pataô" meaning in Baoule (Ivorian ethnic language) "Reconciliation" but more specifically "I beg your forgiveness". It's the name chose by the familly for gathering a cultural, artistic and historical heritage which covers all the sub-saharian Africa.
Through this journey in the world of masks, statuettes, ritual, mortuary or utilitarian objects and accessories, you will encounter the deep history and hidden meaning of these words: power, justice, fertility, loyalty, commitment, birth and death. We discover unique and representative pieces of many African civilizations.
Indeed peoples and ethnic groups in Africa are well represented : Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia... The plus is the guided tour with both specialists : a socio-anthrophologist and an archaeologist.
For fans of African culture, masks and primitive art and objects, this place will be your refuge.