Vodun art curiosities of the Ewe and Fon populations.
Clinging to a horn filled with therapeutic or magical substances, this statuette has a hallucinated gaze made up of cowries. A mirror surrounded by pearls imprisoned in a clay mixture forms one of the sides of the object, the front part of which offers a sculpted face. Cracks, broken mirror. Height on base: 45 cm.
In Togo, African fetishes are part of beneficial or malevolent rituals depending on the intentions of their owner. Witch doctors, following the fa divination ritual using palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal properties, but also offer more classic ready-to-use versions.
The Ewe, often confused with 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 voodoo,vodun gods, as well as their religious structure, would be comparable in many respects. Slaves from different cultures also exported their practices to Cuba and Brazil. Although there is little historical information about the Ewe, it seems that their establishment in their current location results from invasions and conflicts that broke out during the 17th century.  

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OriginEx-collection française.
EthnyFon
Countryghana
Material(s)wood, perles, verre
Height cm40
Width7 cm
Weight1.22 Kg
Socle includedYes

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