Fon artist (Republic of Benin)
Part of a staff used by a priest for healing or dispensing protection. Fetishes are believed to have powers to defend their owners and their families from misfortune and malevolent spirits. They are frequently displayed on altars and may be anointed with ritual material.
Ex Jean-Jacques Mandel, Paris
Ex Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC
14″ high x 3.25″ wide 3″ deep, mounted on a wooden base.