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Tribal art - African Terracotta:

Discovered in Africa during the last century, the most recent terracottas come from the Nok (Nigeria) and date from 900 to 1500 years ago. Elsewhere, as in Mali, some date from 9 to 12000 BC. Terracotta was used to produce various objects for daily life, such as jars, made from the material of the mud ponds.


Fon terracota jar pair
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From the ex private collection of African Art Emile Robyn ( Brussels, Belgium ).

It's a pottery linked to the worship Mawu-Lissa, who is a creator deities in the voodoo religion. This divinity is known in the Ewe and Mina people from Togo and the Fon people from Benin in west Africa. Mawu-Lissa means " What we can't overcome " . It's also used by the Christians to designate God in the Bible or in the Christian liturgy.

It's the grandfather of Emile, Abel Robyn, that started the collection in 1850, who was transmitted over three generations. At the death of Abel in 1895, his son, Jérôme Robyn did inherited the collection which he continued to fulfil until his death in 1968.

Emile Robyn inherited from his father and also continued this ...


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