Lady sitting on a peg – (2293)

Small but heavy Fon bronze depicting a lady with tribal scars on her face who is sitting on a kind of peg which keeps her in balance. She is wearing a long skirt and a necklace with a crucifix and folds her hands in prayer. Her torso seems to be bare. 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. from the early 20th century. Ouidah Fon culture. Benin. West Africa. Height 8.9 cm. Width 5.0 cm. Depth 6.6 cm. Weight 160 grams.
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