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African art - Fon:

The Fon are an ethnic group in Benin, in the current kingdom of Dahomey. According to legend, this kingdom was created by a Yoruba princess in the 17th century. This ethnic group is ruled by a chief designated according to seniority. The Fon practice voodoo, like the Yoruba and the Ewe. Moreover, the Fon were influenced by these two other ethnic groups as a result of travel and trade. However, Fon pieces are distinguished by their originality.


Marabout hat Fon of Dendi
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African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Marabout hat Fon of Dendi

Private collection of African art J.Putteners
In its history, Fon African 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.
In particular, voodoo or vodun, a religious cult whose name comes from a variant of the Yoruba word meaning "dieu", is found in them.

At the top of a basket woven with natural fibres, the skull and horns of an animal are decorated with beads of blue, white and red glasses, cauris for the pupils and along the middle line dividing the skull. There are metal rings, bells and leather bags, giving this " object of curiosity" a special strangeness.


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Abagan Fon bracelet
African art > Jewelry, ornament > Fon bracelet

Ornaments of dignitaries of African art
This fon bracelet, made of silver, was, as its name suggests, worn on the arm by the village chief. It is indeed etymologically the meaning of the name "abagan", "aba" meaning arm and "gan" meaning chief. This bracelet is composed of chains, some of which are decorated with old French 50-cent coins. The jewel in itself is presented in the form of a cone accompanied by ornaments in volutes.
The Fon are currently located in a part of the Republic of Benin called the Kingdom of Dahomay. According to the legend, a princess of Yoruba origin would have created this kingdom before the seventeenth century.


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Fon Vodun Fetiche
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fon Vodun Fetiche

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 ...


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Fetish Fon
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fetish Fon

This sculpture depicting a man kneeling in front of a gourd is lined with ropes and textile ribbons, the eyes are encrusted with curedness like the hairstyle, all coated with sacrificial materials. The arms consist of sheep horns and chains symbolically bind the character's mouth. Crusty matte patina.
The multitude of fon gods (the vodun), similar to those of the Yoruba under different names, is represented by fetishes of all shapes and natures. Their sanctuaries can be found in Togo, Dahomey, and western Nigeria. Statuettes embodying the legba protectors of the home, are often attached to them. The faithful administer daily offerings and libations to them, supposed to activate their power. The Fon se are currently in a part of the republic of Benin which is called the realm of ...


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Ewe fetish statuette
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Ewe Fetish

African art and tribal cult vodun of the ewe and fon
Affubé populations of various amulets in the form of jewelry, horns filled with substances mixed with red clay, metal accessories, dried seeds, and reptile skin belt, this realistic statuette was ritually coating with a thick powder coating peeling locally. The pupils are made up of red beads, and one of the feet is altered. Desication cracks, furrows.
In Togo, African fetishes are part of beneficial or evil rituals according to the intentions of their owner. The fetishists, following the divination ritual of the fa using palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal virtues but also offer more conventional ready-to-use versions.
These practices are still in use today are sometimes decried and ...


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Bocio Fon Fetish
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Bocio Fon Fetish

Ex Belgian art collection.

This is a fetish of a character presenting a small ritual cut. It retains a fabric link with it's mouth, at the end of which a mass is attached, magical load encrusted with animal hair, probably primates and warthogs. A thick crusty patina covers the whole, many libations having been made. The Fon are currently in a part of the Republic of Benin called the Kingdom of Dahomay. The legend says that a princess of Yoruba origin created this kingdom before the seventeenth century. Their culture and stylistic characteristics are related to those of neighboring ethnic groups all located in a lagoon region in eastern Côte d'Ivoire. These ethnic groups have the same social structure: a society headed by a leader where the age of men determines their social ...


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Altar Opà Asen
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African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Altar Opà Asen

"Ex-collection English African art

It is in a room of the house reserved for this purpose that the great families of Benin (former Dahomey) kept portable altars made from pieces of metal. Asen, these sticks were created for each ancestor, serving as go-betweens between the world of the living and the dead, and prayers and offerings were made during a ceremony called "ahanbiba" during the dry season. An Asen was dedicated to an ancestor and dedicated sacrifices throughout the year, and among the Yoruba in neighboring Nigeria, these sticks were emblems depicting birds. for divination ceremonies related to the god of herbalists and occult sciences, Osanyin, or that of divination, Orunmila. a central shaft, overcoming a cup, eight rods support a circular platform having a skit. ...


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Fon Fetish Throne (Rare)
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African art > Trone > Fon Fetish Throne (Rare)

Throughout its history, African 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.
In particular, voodoo or vodun, a religious cult whose name comes from a variant of the Yoruba word meaning "dieu", is found in them.

This fetish throne, ritual object, imbued with great strength, exceedingly rare, was harvested in 1988, comes from the house of a fetishist, it represents his power, when you enter the house of a fetishist who owns this throne, you know that you have in front of you an outstanding fetishist, a true sorcerer whose power is recognized by all. It is this throne that represents the power of ...


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