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|Fon, Republic of Benin|
The Fon of Benin carve powerful figures such as this known as bocio, which are considered to be “empowered objects.” They were believed to work in conjunction with the energies of the gods, Vodun, to protect against evil, sorcery, illness, theft, and to provide power and success.
Libations of empowering materials that are selected for their physical and symbolic potency are repeatedly given to bocio, creating its layered patina. Libations and materials are deliberately revealed to make the object visually powerful, shocking, and astonishing. The grotesqueness and ugliness of bocio are part of their strength (Ref: Visona, “A History of Art in Africa”).
The textile skirt and cloth wrappings are likely from the patron of this bocio, and were used to personalize the requests they made. This authentic bocio figure wears a heavy patina from years of repeated libations, which makes it visually striking and quite powerful.
|Lot ID: 136|
|Low Estimate: $3,000|
|High Estimate: $5,000|
|Next Bid: $1,500|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain, encrustation, textile, and more|
|Dimensions: 9.5" (24 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Other|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|Further reading and expertise: Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, Tribal Arts of Africa; Phillips, Africa: The Art of a Continent; Visona “History of Art in Africa”|
|Provenance: Ex. James Willis, US (original certificate of authenticity and ownership included with purchase), Ex. Accrosongye Gallery, Paris|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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