Boy in shorts – (2328)
[2328]

Small Fon bronze depicting a boy or a man dressed in shorts. He has an attachment pin under one foot. The figure 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 11.2 cm. Width 6.3 cm. Depth 4.5 cm.
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