Small Fon bronze depicting a bearded old man who may be a muslim judged by his beard and cap. His torso is naked and he wears a long skirt. There is an attachment peg under one of his feet as he once formed part of an iron ‘Asen’ altar which has disintegrated long ago. These altars served as monuments to the dead for the Fon people. Placed in family shrines, such altars became the focus of interaction with the ancestors. Very often human altar figures were flanked by animals or cherished objects. This figure dates from the early 20th century. Ouidah Fon culture. Benin. West Africa. Size including wooden stand: Height 10.5 cm. Width 6.3 cm. Depth 3.8 cm.