Tribal art > African Statues > Vaudou statue
These two carved figures, collected in Bohicon, Benin, are free of accessories. The vigorously carved forms rise from a block. Large digitized hands close over the bust, and the faces express a powerful concentration.
Wood coated with pink ochre, velvety surface.
The botchio (from bo : "evil spell" in Fon, and tchio , "corpse") erected at the top of a pole was erected at the entrance to the village or a house in order to ward off any threat, physical or spiritual. Some of them had minimalist forms, barely sketched around a central trunk. The multitude of fon gods (the vodun), similar to those of the Yoruba under different names, are represented by fetishes of all shapes and nature. Their shrines are found in Togo, Dahomey, and western Nigeria. Statuettes embodying ...