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Fetish Figure - Wood, Animal skull - Fon - Benin - Asian African Art
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Fetish Figure – Wood, Animal skull – Fon – Benin


Mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object:Fetish Figure
Ethnic group/ culture:Fon
Region/ country:Benin
Material:Animal skull, Wood
Period:mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:Yes
Dimensions:21×17×6 cm
Weight:210 g

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Interesting fetish composed of the skull of a bird placed on wooden stand. The fetish has clear traces of tribal use due to libations. Rare fetish object with much strength.

With no exact definition, a fetish is usually a manufactured object that is entered by spirits or impersonal powers after the appropriate rituals. Most fetishes are collections of energy-given substances, often including certain stones, horns, claws, teeth, bones, nails, keys, whistles, hair, locks, animal skin and so on, but also dirt and other similar ‘unclean’ but effective things.
The power of fetishes can be activated through sacrifices and are magically used for protection, causing harm, or increasing wealth or fertility.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).