Lot: 252

Fetish object "bochio" with eight figures

Benin, Fon

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Private New York Collection, USA
Wilbur & Linda Tuggle, Chicago, USA
Mark Eglinton, New York, USA
W.Tuggle (deceased 1998) was one of Chicago's leading collectors of African and African-American art.
H: 12 inch 4500 EUR / 9000 EUR

wood, animal horn, bone, pumpkin, fabric, cord, cowry shells, encrustations with sacrificial matters, base A comparable fetish object with multiple figures was auctioned on the 1st of December in 1983 at Sotheby's New York (lot 52). "Bochios" are guardian figures disposing of protective forces by attracting potential danger and keeping it away from the people. Vodun "bocchios" are "charged up" by a vodun and are directly dependent on the power of that certain Vodun for their effect.