Photographs © Tim Hamill
Despite its traditional appearance and wonderful patina, this Tsogo post was probably made to be sold.
Tsogo posts are connected with the Bwiti men's initiation society. The
figures represent ancestors and harnessed their power to protect the house.
Many are encrusted with cracking paint and offerings to the ancestors.
Some are houseposts, some have a V-shaped top to hold a beam, some are pillars and some end in a figure and function only as a commerative post.
Many of the figures share the muscular tension found in neighboring and better-known Fang figures.
RETURN TO TSOGO POSTS PAGE
GO TO TSOGO ART PAGE
GO TO TSOGO DOORFRAMES PAGE
GO TO TSOGO MASKS PAGE
GO TO AFRICAN FIGURES PAGE
GO TO MASKS AND HEADS PAGE
GO TO NEW ADDITIONS PAGE
GO TO AFRICAN POSTS PAGE