A Fon, Republic of Benin, carvedwood representation Offertory bowl and cover

A Fon, Republic of Benin, carvedwood representation Offertory bowl and cover

1800 to 1900 Republic of Benin

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A Fon, Republic of Benin, carved wood representation Offeratory bowl and cover, with label on the lid reading : 'Temple Offertory Bowl from Dahomey, Africa'

Late 19th Century

Size : 24 cm high x 18 cm deep
9½ ins high x 7 ins deep
Provenance : Ex Walter Potter Museum, Bramber, Sussex
Ex Jamaica Inn Museum, Bolventor, Cornwall,
( for further history on Walter Potter please contact )
Fon figures are often carved by the Yoruba or by Yoruba-trained artists and their influence is found throughout Fon art. The various wars between the Fon and the Yoruba peoples helped such influences to take root through the arrival and maintenance of Yoruba artists and diviners in the Fon kingdom of Abomey where they played a significant role at the Royal court. This fine carving of a mother and child displays an obvious similarity to the traditional Ifa offering and divination bowls of the Yoruba.
Ifa is a complex system of divination and worship that originated in Ife in Nigeria and both the Fon and the Yoruba consider this city as their religious capital.
Height 24.00 cm (9.45 inches)
Depth 18.00 cm (7.09 inches)
Wood and pigments
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