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Ewe fetish (N° 23181)

African art and Vodun tribal worship of the Ewe and Fon populations
This sculpture represents a kneeling woman on a circular base, hands placed under the breasts. The physiognomy is crude. The whole thing is coated with crusty dark pigments. Desication crack.
In Togo, African fetishes are part of rituals according to 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. 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
Height cm19
Width5 cm
Weight0.16 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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