FON BOCCIO POSTS ARCHIVES

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

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  FON
Boccio 2
29" high
SOLD

  FON
Boccio 4
29" high
SOLD

  FON
Boccio 9
29" high
SOLD

  FON
Boccio 10
29" high
SOLD


FON
Boccio 17
29" high
SOLD

FON
Boccio 25
29" high
SOLD

FON
Boccio 32
29" high
SOLD

 FON
Boccio 15
22" high
$500

  FON
Boccio 19
21.5" high
SOLD

 FON
Boccio 27
17.5" high
SOLD

 FON
Boccio 16
22.5" high
SOLD

 FON
Boccio 6
29.5" high
SOLD



2005     and     2015

Began to ooze old oil from within sculpture.

FON
Boccio 26
18.5" high
SOLD

  
2005     and     2015

Began to ooze old oil from within sculpture.

 FON
Boccio 14
24" high
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

FON, BOCCIO POSTS ARCHIVES, Republic of Benin

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

Figure posts like these, Boccio, 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 figures seldom have individual characteristics or individual human embellishments such as coiffures or scarification.

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