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Sculpture - mother and child, Wood - boccio - Fon - Benin

Sculpture - mother and child, Wood - boccio - Fon - Benin

Mother and child, from the Fon, Boccio, Benin.

Collected between 1970 and 1980, private Belgian collection.

Wood, cowrie eye, textile ( red, white, black), beads, offering remains

Mother and child power figure (bocio). The child figures is on the back. carved and bound together with red, white, black textiles, beads, attached encrusted heavily with undetermined substance, perhaps blood. Necklaced with cowrie shells and beads.

Bochio are very powerful and very personal objects. An individual may make one for protection, to harm an enemy, or to ensure personal success. The bochio is made in secret, so that only the owner knows its composition and purpose. Some materials, however, have consistent functions. The bochio is put in the ground in front of a shrine or in some other spiritually significant location. Bocio operate at the crossroads between the spiritual and the human realms.


This finely carved items is guaranteed genuine by David Norden a dealer with more than 25 years experience, and not made for decoration.
A written description and the stand ( when available) will be included in your package.

If you want come see it, or pick it up in Antwerp, otherwise you'll get FREE delivery worldwide, and a WRITTEN DESCRIPTION in each package. All my picture are as close to the original object as possible, and I always take pictures of cracks in the wood without trying to hide them and details. What you see is what you get.

Object Sculpture
Indigenous object name boccio
Ethnic group/ culture Fon
Region/ country Benin
Material mother and child, Wood
Period 2nd half 20th century
Condition Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 34×7×9 cm
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