Fon janus fetish
In the African art of different groups from Benin and Togo, in particular the Fon and the Ewe, there are different types of receptacle objects carrying ingredients with occult powers. They are not, for the most part, objects of aggressive witchcraft. These African fetishes help their user, usually to fight disease or bad luck.
To acquire notoriety, a witch doctor must demonstrate his abilities in the field of pharmacopoeia. It is an animist belief, but between magic and religion, it is not always easy to draw a border. Practitioners cannot get a fetish on the market, it is the soothsayer or the witch doctor who will make the sacred object and indicate the ingredients and the magic formulas essential for its development and its functioning. All these objects, in the hands of individuals, were kept out of sight.
This double fetish is composed of two characters tied together with a rope and carries a padlock, in addition to beautiful libations.
- Presumed dating
- Circa 1930
- 16 x 8 cm
- Ethnic group
- Wood, sacrificial materials
- Tribal Art Collection Portugal
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