AFRICAN FETISHES

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 YAKA
Fetish
Figures

 YAKA
Fetish
Figures

EWE
Fetish
Figures 1

EWE
Fetish
Figures 1

 FETISHES
Various
Tribes

 

 FON
Bocchio
Posts 1

  FON
Bocchio
Posts 1

  FON
Bocchio
Posts 1

 

  FON
Bocchio
Posts 1


 SONGYE
Figures
Catalog

 SONGYE
Figures
Catalog

BAKONGO
Power
Figures 3

BAKONGO
Power
Figures 3

BATEKE
Fetish
Figures 1

BATEKE
Fetish
Figures 1
 

 FETISHES
Various
Tribes

 BATEKE
Fetish
Figures 2

  BATEKE
Fetish
Figures 2

 

 YAKA
Fetish
Figures 2

 YAKA
Fetish
Figures 2

 YAKA
Fetish
Figures 2

 YAKA
Fetish
Figures 2

 YAKA
Fetish
Figures 2

 YAKA
Posts
Catalog
 

EWE
Fetish
Figures 1

 EWE
Fetish
Archives

TOMA
Fetish
Objects

KISSI
Fetish
Objects

FETISHES
Various
Tribes

 FETISHES
Various
Tribes

  FON
Fetish
Figures 1

 FON
Fetish
Figures 1


The fetishes below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

GAN
Fetish Figures

ALL SOLD

GAN
Fetish Figures

ALL SOLD

 BAULE
Mbra Monkeys

ALL SOLD

BAKONGO
Animal Fetishes

ALL SOLD

 
 
BAMANA
Boli 2
ALL SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

A fetish is a statue or object with magical power, like an amulet, talisman or good luck charm. In traditional, tribal Africa, especially in Zaire, these beliefs are manifested in some of the most expressive and magical power figures ever created. This exhibit brings together the relics of many peoples, all used for specific functions, usually to conjure away evil spirits or attempt to control one's destiny.

Common to many tribes was the belief that the fetishes acquired power through the ritualistic carving and consecration, the addition of special substances and the recurring activation of its spirit by offering sacrifices and magic words. Some fetishes have the heads or stomachs hollowed out to hold special substances; some have mirrors to reflect back evil or to blind hostile spirits; some are Janus-figures for better vigilance and protection. Among the materials added to the wood figures are horns, shells, nails, feathers, mirrors, metal, twine, paint, cloth, raffia, fur, beads and herbs; anything thought to add power or magic.

If you are looking for a particular tribe or object please check our Indexes by Tribe, by Object
or by Material.

VARIOUS TRIBES, FETISH FIGURES
AGNI, FETISH 1, Ivory Coast    ARCHIVES ONLY,  ALL SOLD
BAKONGO, ANIMAL NAIL FETISHES, Congo    ARCHIVES ONLY,  ALL SOLD
BAKONGO, NKONDI NAIL FETISHES 3, Congo
BAMANA, BOLI (BULL) FIGURES 2, Mali    ARCHIVES ONLY,  ALL SOLD
BATEKE, FETISH FIGURES1,  Dem. Rep. Congo
BATEKE, FETISH FIGURES 2, Dem. Rep. Congo
BAULE, MBRA MONKEY FIGURES, Ivory Coast    ARCHIVES ONLY
BENIN, FETISH 1, Nigeria    ARCHIVES ONLY,  ALL SOLD
BOBO, FETISH FIGURE1, Mali     ARCHIVES ONLY
DAN, FETISHES, Liberia
DOGON?, FETISH 1, Mali     ARCHIVES ONLY
EWE, FETISHES 1, Ghana
EWE, FETISHES 2, Ghana
FON, BOCCIO POSTS 1, Benin
FON, BOCCIO POSTS 2, Benin
FON, FETISHES 1, Benin
GAN, FETISH FIGURES, Ghana     ARCHIVES ONLY
HEMBA, FETISH BOWL 1, Dem. Rep. Congo
IGBO, FETISH 1, Nigeria     ARCHIVES ONLY
IJO, FETISH PANEL 1, Nigeria     ARCHIVES ONLY
KISSI, FETISH OBJECTS, Sierra Leone
KUOSSI, FETISH FIGURE 1, Congo     ARCHIVES ONLY
LEGA, FETISH FIGURE 1, Dem. Rep. Congo     ARCHIVES ONLY
LUBA, FETISH FIGURE1, Dem. Rep. Congo     ARCHIVES ONLY
MITSOGO. FETISH 1, Gabon
MUMUYE, FETISH FIGURE 1, Nigeria     ARCHIVES ONLY
MUMUYE, FETISH FIGURE 2 Nigeria     ARCHIVES ONLY
NAGU, POWER FIGURE, Rep. of Benin    
SONGYE, POWER or FETISH FIGURES 2, Dem. Rep. Congo
TOMA, FETISH OBJECTS, Guinea
URHOBO, FETISH 1, Nigeria     ARCHIVES ONLY
VARIOUS TRIBES, FETISH FIGURES
YAKA, FETISH FIGURES (Vetted as authentic), DRC
YAKA, FETISH FIGURES 2, DRC
YAKA, POST FIGURES, DRC
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