interesting rider, Aklama fetishes - Wood - Ada - Ghana

interesting rider, Aklama fetishes - Wood - Ada - Ghana
2nd half 20th century - Fair

Aklama Altar Fetish representing a Horseman
ADA EWE (Ghana)

Figure d’Autel Ada EWE (Ghana)
Ewe Ada Figur Hilfsgeist (Ghana)

Length 14 cm, height 22 cm.

Although these pieces were very little studied and documented, there is an important publication, exhaustively and richly illustrated. Aklama,Helping spirits of the Ewe and Dangme People from the Study collection of Horst Antes.
Have a look at pages 286 and 287 of this book for riders of the same type.

Please note that the right hind leg of the horse is broken!

Fetishes from the Ada Adan ethnic group in light-weighted wood, with a patina pigmented with kaolin and ochre pigments.

Ada fetishes are ritual objects of the voodoo cult, used by the Ewe and the Dangme of Ghana, who live near the Togolese border.
These are usually materialised by small wooden figures, animals, daily accessories, or stools, etc...
These figurines are responsible for the intercession with diverse deities, invoked in order to offer to the followers, protection, luck and prosperity throughout their personal and family lives, as well as their everyday activities (hunting, trade, ...).

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Lot details
interesting rider, Aklama fetishes
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
2nd half 20th century
Sold with stand
22×14×8 cm
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