African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fon Vodun Fetiche
Fon Vodun Fetiche (N° 8427)
As other Fon fetishes, this statue is a wooden structure covered with aggregates mixed with hairs, probably warthogs and primates. The bent forearms make each other join hands. Facial features can still be vaguely distinguished under libations.
In the course of its history, fon art has been imbued with Yoruba and ewe creations according to migration and trade. However, this art cannot be reduced to these two influences. Indeed, the Fon themselves have brought their originality to their statuary.
Voodoo or vodun, a religious cult whose name comes from a variant of the Yoruba word meaning 'god', is found in them in particular.
These statues were therefore used during vodun rituals according to different procedures.
The slave trade on the coast, the term 'voodoo' naturally found itself in Haiti and Brazil following population movements.