Ancestral couple with slots, from the Fon, Boccio, Republic of Benin.
Collected between 1970 and 1980, private Belgian collection.
2 Wooden power figure (bocio). Twin figures carved and bound together with padlocks , ropes. laces, small rodent skull placed on front of torso, red, white, blue beads, attached encrusted heavily with undetermined substance, perhaps blood. Necklaced with cowrie shells and string.
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 item 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.
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- 2nd half 20th century
- Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 23×12×5 cm