African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Ewe figure
African art and tribal worship vodun ewe and fon populations.
Clipped in clay materials in which amulets in the form of seashells clump together, the straight busts of three statuettes follow one another in a wooden canoe. At the front, a small vase, receptacle of a dried fruit, is adorned with a metal ring. The fetishes are coated with kaolin and adorned with pearl necklaces. In Togo, African fetishes are part of rituals beneficial or evil according to the intentions of their owner. The fetishists, following the ritual of divination using palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal virtues but also offer versions ready to use more traditional.
These practices, which are still in use today, are sometimes decried and considered as animist and over by the time of ...