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Statue Ada (N° 17450)

A fetish statue dependent on the Vodou cult, draped in a red textile loincloth, it has an umbilical forming the shutter handle that closes the reliquary in its bust. The top of the head is also hollowed out. The digitized legs and arms are spread, straight, and the quadrangular shoulders express power. The ovoid head with a flat face has simply engraved eyes and a gaping mouth. Beautiful light patina encrusted with white pigments.
Andeblis near the coast of West Africa, in the Couffo in Benin and in the Middle Mono in Togo around the former capital of the former kingdom of Tado, the small ethnic group Ada, Adan, or Adja, Aja, is mainly made up of peasants. The Ewe and Fons, from Tado, share traditions similar to those of their neighbors Ada.Au Togo, African fetishes are part of beneficial or evil rituals according to the intentions of their owner. The fetishists, following the divination ritual of fa using palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal virtues but also offer versions ready to use more conventional. However, people tend to maintain these animistic practices despite their conversion to the great monotheistic religions.
The Ewe, often mistaken for the Minas, are Togo's largest ethnic group. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria. According to Hélène Joubert, the cults rendered to the Yoruba gods, the orisha, and those of the gods vodou, vodun, as well as their religious structure, would be comparable in many ways. Slaves from different cultures have also exported their practices to Cuba and Brazil.Although little historical information is available about the Ewe, it seems that their settlement in their present location is the result of invasions and conflicts that erupted during the 17th century.  

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OriginCollection française G.
Material(s)wood, textile
Height cm54
Width17 cm
Weight3.00 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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