FON BOCCIO POSTS, Republic of Benin

These posts have been vetted as being authentic with significant signs of use and age.


FON
Boccio 1
38" high
$1500

 

FON
Boccio 3
29.5" high
$1500

FON
Boccio 12
26.5" high
$1200

FON
Boccio 13
24" high
$700

FON
Boccio 21
21" high
$1200

FON
Boccio 22
19.5" high
$1000

  FON
Boccio 24
19" high
$1000

The posts below have been vetted as being authentic with signs of use and age.

FON
Boccio 34
35" high
$1000


FON
Boccio 5
30" high
$500

 

FON
Boccio 7
29" high
$500

FON
Boccio 8
28.5" high
$500


  FON
Boccio 23
20" high
$700

 

 FON
Boccio 20
21.5" high
$500 

 FON
Boccio 29
17" high
$400

  FON
Boccio 31
14.5" high
$400

 FON
Boccio 18
22.5" high
$300

FON
Boccio 11
25" high
$300


 

 FON
Boccio 28
17.5" high
$250

 

 FON
Boccio 30
17" high
$250

 

FON
Boccio 33
15" high
$400

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

FON, BOCCIO POSTS, Republic of Benin

Boccio figure posts like these were placed outdoors and sunk into the earth, becoming wonderfully aged by exposure. Despite their small scale, they seem to gain a spiritual monumentality from being fused with the earth. Standing at the entrance of a village, a courtyard, a house, or a shrine, they served a protective function, barring the entrance of evil spirits.

These were not portraits or specific spirits, rather, the carved figure in human form is a repository or decoy for a spiritual force. In this instance the carved figure is a kind of substitute or stalking horse for the people it is meant to protect. Here, as in much African art, the form of the sculpture is related more to ideas about reality, both visible and invisible, than to the literal representation of nature.

These Boccio posts were often crudely worked. Many are carved by self-taught sculptors and lack refinement. Appropriate to their nature, which is nonhuman and nonspecific, and to their exposure to the elements, Boccio figure posts seldom have individual characteristics or individual human embellishments such as coiffures or scarification.


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