Presumed age: Mid 20th century
Material: WoodOff stand: 18.5 x 6 cm
Condition: Beautiful patina, split due to the age of the piece
Provenance: Former private collection, Switzerland
Very nice representation of a female fetish. The latter is represented standing stylized arms along the body, hands coming to position on each side of the navel. A chest with small triangular breasts projected forward takes place under a neck and a face of excessive dimensions. The face with the very beautiful expressiveness is characterized by small ears, almond eyes and a fine and straight nose under which is drawn a fine mouth sketching a grin. The absence of hind limbs indicates that the room should be placed on the ground, the erosion of the base attesting. For African people, death, disease or disaster are never natural. They result from the action of an enemy or from a failure of the gods and ancestors. Good is in a sense the absence of evil. Hence the importance of being constantly surrounded by an overbid of fetishes. Although they protect their owners, they are considered too dangerous to belong to ordinary mortals; they have the property of a specialist who will show them on request.