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Fetish Fon Boccio, Botchio
Tribal art > African fetish > Fon figure

Anthropomorphic boccio statuette, summarily cut, shoulders forward, swinging arms, one of which is missing. A stick is inserted in the bust of the character, also surrounded by cords and a red cotton fabric. The legs joined to the thick feet form the quadrangular base. Matte patina rubbed with ochre.
The botchio (from bo : "evil spell" in Fon, and tchio , "corpse") erected at the top of a pole was erected at the entrance of the village or a house in order to keep away from it any threat, physical or spiritual. Some of them took minimalist forms, barely sketched around a central trunk. The multitude of gods fon (the vodun), similar to those of the Yoruba under different names, are represented by fetishes of all shapes and forms. Their shrines are found in Togo, Dahomey, and ...


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Fon terracota jar pair
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Tribal art > African Jar > Fon Jar

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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Fetish Fon Boccio, Botchio
Tribal art > African fetish > Voodoo Fetish

Acquired in Savalou, Benin by the owner, this boccio features a figure with arms tightened around the trunk and comes in rounded shapes. A thin cotton cloth, draped around the legs, was knotted on the object partially coated with ochre clay. Very good condition.
The botchio (from bo: 'evil' in fon, and tchio , 'cadau') erected at the top of a pole was erected at the entrance of the village or a house in order to remove any threat, physical or spiritual. Some of them took minimalist forms, barely put on around a central trunk. The multitude of gods fon (the vodun), similar to those of Yoruba under different names, is represented by fetishes of all shapes and kinds. Their sanctuaries can be found in Togo, Dahomey, and western Nigeria. Statuettes embodying the legba protectors of the ...


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Fetish Fon Boccio, Botchio
Tribal art > African fetish > Fetish Fon

. This powerful sentinel built against evil spell displays a concentrated countenance, tight mouth, closed eyes. With a woman with narrow shoulders and stocky lower limbs, her hands placed on her abdomen, she seems to gather all the energy necessary for her role as a caretaker. Dark satin patina.
This botchio (from bo: 'evil' in fon, and tchio , 'cadavre') erected at the top of a pole was erected at the entrance of the village or a house in order to remove any threat, physical or spiritual. Some of them took minimalist forms, barely put on around a central trunk. The multitude of gods fon (the vodun), similar to those of Yoruba under different names, is represented by fetishes of all shapes and kinds. Their sanctuaries can be found in Togo, Dahomey, and western Nigeria. Statuettes ...


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Altar Asen Gbadota Fon
Tribal art > Usual african items > Fon Altar

Large families kept portable altars made from pieces of metal in a room in the house reserved for this purpose. Known as Asen, these sticks were created for each ancestor, serving as intermediaries between the worlds of the living and the world of the dead. Prayers and offerings were performed during a ceremony called ahanbiba during the dry season. During complex funeral ceremonies, an Asen was dedicated to an ancestor and sacrifices were dedicated to him throughout the year.

Fed of a central axis that was in the ground, ten metal tubes support a circular platform on which a stage takes place. The central figure, which usually represents the deceased, sits on a throne, and a kneeling subject presents him with an offering. All around hang different shapes, including bells, and ...


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Great fetish Voodoo, Vodun, Fon Boccio
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Fon

This straight statue whose hands disappear into the hip block and the parallel legs apart rest on a promontory with large globular eyes giving it a threatening character. The sculpture was made by the blacksmith fon according to the instructions of the soothsayer named fa . The colorful note of earrings brings a surprising freshness to the disturbing fetish whose body is further pierced with scattered metal blades and tips reminiscent of the asen . The wood is light, with dark residual inlays, the surface regularly criss-crossed by desication.
Mr. Brunel, a chemist by training, travelled the world before becoming passionate about Africa, which he discovered through his eldest daughter. Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Guinea,... By the time of his death, he had accumulated nearly ...





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