Collection of Monegasque African tribal art. Made by the blacksmith fon according to the instructions of the soothsayer named fa this ancient fetish whose general appearance is reduced to the essential part is draped with textile. Missing, matte patina.
The multitude of Fon gods (the vodun), similar to those of the Yoruba under different names, are represented by fetishes of all forms and nature. Their sanctuaries are found in Togo, Dahomey, and western Nigeria. Statuettes embodying the legba, protectors of the home, are often attached to them. The faithful administer daily offerings and libations to them, supposed to activate their power. The Fon live in part of the Republic of Benin which formerly formed the Kingdom of Dahomey. According to legend, a princess of Yoruba origin created this kingdom before the 17th century.
These ethnic groups have the same social structure: a society led by a leader where the age of the men determines their social position. Among them we find in particular voodoo or vodun, a religious cult whose name comes from a variant of the Yoruba word meaning "god".
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