IJO FETISH PANEL 1, Nigeria

Despite its traditional form, appearance and patina, this object exhibits no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.


     

             

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IJO
FETISH PANEL 1
35.5" high
Nigeria
$3,000

This fetish-like object is an assemblage of wood objects held together by iron and fiber.

A fetish is a statue or object with magical power, like an amulet, talisman or good luck charm. Common to many tribes was the belief that the fetishes acquired power through ritualistic carving and consecration, the addition of special substances and the recurring activation of its spirit by offering sacrifices and magic words. Among the materials added to the fetishes are horns, shells, nails, feathers, mirrors, metal, twine, paint, cloth, raffia, fur, beads and herbs; anything thought to add power or magic.

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