FETISHES (Miscellaneous)


Most of our groups of fetish figures and objects have their own catalogs and can be found at Fetishes.html

 

BAMANA
Fetish 1
33" high
$800 

 

UNKNOWN
Fetish 5
22" high
$800

CHOKWE
Fetish 1
21" high
$500 

HEMBA
Fetish 2
9.5" high
$300 


DAN
Fetish
Catalog

NAGU
Power Figure 1
6" high
$1000


 

BATEKE
Fetish
Figures 1
 

 

EWE
Fetish
Figures 1

 

MITSOGO
Fetish 1
$800 


HEMBA
Fetish Bowl 1
6" high
$300 

BAKONGO
Head Fetish 1
9.5" high
$800 

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

AGNI
Fetish 1
SOLD

URHOBO
Fetish 1
SOLD

MUMUYE
Fetish 2
SOLD
 

 

BWITTI
Fetish 1
SOLD

 

IGBO
Fetish 1
SOLD

 

LUBA?
Fetish 1
SOLD

DOGON?
Fetish 1
SOLD

LEGA
Fetish 1
SOLD

SUKUMA
Fetish 3
SOLD

BOBO
Fetish 1
SOLD

 

UNKNOWN
Fetish 4
SOLD 

 

YOMBE
Fetish 1
SOLD

DAN
Fetish 2
SOLD

KUOSSI
Fetish 1
SOLD

BAKONGO
Dog Fetish 15
SOLD
 

 

UNKNOWN
Fetish 2
SOLD

 BENIN
Fetish 1
SOLD

MUMUYE
Fetish 1
SOLD

BAMANA
Boli
ARCHIVES (SOLD)

 

 IJO
Fetish Panel 1
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

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.

In addition to the many groups of well-known fetishes in our exhibition we have some that are less well known or unidentifiable ( Suggestions regarding identification are welcome).

Old fetishes are very rare. Despite their appearance, most of these fetishes show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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

GO TO FETISH! EXHIBITION PAGE

GO TO AFRICAN FETISHES PAGE

GO TO FETISHES (VARIOUS TRIBES) PAGE

GO TO AFRICAN ANIMALS PAGE

GO TO ARTIFACTS PAGE

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