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Fon Bocio Fetish

An Artist’s Collection VOL.1
Benin, Nigeria, Africa
Early 20th century 
 8″ x 5″ x 3″      
Cavin-Morris Gallery 
Additional photos available upon request
Fon fetish objects, such as this Bocio, are made by blacksmiths under the order of a diviner, and are traditionally used by families for protection. The word Bocio, designating an ancient religious manifestation, is composed of “bo”, power, and “cio” meaning cadaver. This statue has a thick patina consisting of libations, a cachet of small padlocks cascading down the left arm and side, and continuing on the right hand side. A bib necklace made of natural fibre rests off kilter on the chest.
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