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Ewe voodoo basket (N° 9021)

Ex collection Belgian African art.

The basket has in its center a small altar for Mami Wata who is an ewe deity, mother goddess of the waters. We can find larger and more colorful representations reminiscent of mermaids in our culture. In the terracotta basket, around the central stage, a multitude of offerings are visible and libations accompany this tangle of materials and strings.

The Ewe, often confused with the Minas, are the most important ethnic group in Togo. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria.
Although little historical information is available about them, it seems that their location in their present location is the result of invasions and conflicts that erupted during the 17th century.

The Ewe have religious practices similar to those of the Fon. So they practice voodoo. Following the successive raids by the West along the coast, it is not surprising to find these same cults in Central America where slaves were deported.  

 


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OriginCollection J. Putteneers
EthnyEwe
CountryTogo
Material(s)wood, terracotta, tissu
Height cm27
Width27 cm
Weight1.70 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1950

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