Lot: 37

Phallus symbol

Benin, Fon

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Felix Novack (-1982), Polish/ Swedish surgeon
Peter Willborg, Stockholm, Sweden
L: 14.4 inch 400 EUR / 800 EUR

wood, encrusted sacrificial patina (camwood powder), oily in places, base This phallus was probably once part of a clay/ terracotta figure representing the god "Legba". The followers of this cult also sometimes wore such phallic symbols under their robes.

Mattelaer, Johan J., The phallus in art and culture, Arnhem 2000, p. 84 ff.