Fetish (1) - Wood, Metal, Twine - Ewe - Ghana

Description
Fetish (1) - Wood, Metal, Twine - Ewe - Ghana
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

An unusual Ewe tribe blue power object, encrusted with power objects like locks, keys and twine.

Fetishes were protective figures used by individuals, families, or whole communities to destroy or weaken evil spirits, prevent or cure illnesses, repel bad deeds, solemnize contracts or oath-taking, and decide arguments. A diviner or holy person would activate the statue, using magical substances. Fetishes gained power and were effective because people believed in them.

The patina is well developed with encrustation from ceremonial libations. Ex from a London collection.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Fetish
Ethnic group/ culture
Ewe
Region/ country
Ghana
Material
Metal, Twine, Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
17×11×8 cm
Weight
0.67 kg
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