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.
- Total nr of items
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Metal, Twine, Wood
- 2nd half 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 17×11×8 cm
- 0.67 kg