Bird – (2295-3)

Small Fon bronze in the shape of a bird. It is sitting on its legs and tail but could easily be attached to a wooden stand which would improve the overall appearance. The animal which is rather crudely fashioned 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 5.5 cm. Length 6.5 cm. Width 3.4 cm. Weight 44 grams.
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