FON COUPLE 2, Rep. of Benin

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

FON, COUPLE 2, 7", SOLD

Usually representing spirits, ancestors or the primordial couple, these figures were placed in shrines and treated with great respect. Through a wide range of style, scale, belief and function the couples depicted share a timeless, serene equality necessary to the continuity of their societies. Traditionally, most of the couples are two freestanding figures, conceived as a unit, and posed frontally, symmetrically, in formal postures and of equal size.

These Fon couples are fetish-like combinations with similarities to the more common doll-like single figures of the Ewe and Yoruba peoples.

 

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