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Fetish Collection

"Fetish: Exploring the Cultural and Artistic Significance Across Africa" Africa is a continent rich in diverse cultures, traditions, and artistic expressions

Background imageFetish Collection: Woman in fancy dress costume as a fetish doll, la poupee fetiche

Woman in fancy dress costume as a fetish doll, la poupee fetiche, in huge afro wig with large blue ribbon
FLO4684625 Woman in fancy dress costume as a fetish doll, la poupee fetiche, in huge afro wig with large blue ribbon, and simple blue dress

Background imageFetish Collection: Kongo nkisi nkondi, a container of spirits from the land of the dead, from Zaire

Kongo nkisi nkondi, a container of spirits from the land of the dead, from Zaire, before 1878 (wood, cord)
HSC99339 Kongo nkisi nkondi, a container of spirits from the land of the dead, from Zaire, before 1878 (wood, cord, iron and cloth); height: 83 cm; Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

Background imageFetish Collection: The young Fetichist of Lake Jonanga; The Gaboon. 1875. Creator: Unknown

The young Fetichist of Lake Jonanga; The Gaboon. 1875. Creator: Unknown
The young Fetichist of Lake Jonanga; The Gaboon. 1875. From, Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London]

Background imageFetish Collection: Africa, Togo. Koutammakou, Tamberma. Unesco World Heritage site

Africa, Togo. Koutammakou, Tamberma. Unesco World Heritage site. Fetish at the entrance of a village

Background imageFetish Collection: Africa, Togo. Koutammakou, Tamberma people

Africa, Togo. Koutammakou, Tamberma people. Unesco World Heritage site. Entrance of a traditional fortified dwelling with the phallic fetishes of the ancestors

Background imageFetish Collection: Africa, Togo, Togoville. Fetish in the heart of the village with sacrificial offering

Africa, Togo, Togoville. Fetish in the heart of the village with sacrificial offering of a chicken

Background imageFetish Collection: Kongo nkisi nkondi in the form of a two-headed dog, Kozo, from Cabinda (wood and iron)

Kongo nkisi nkondi in the form of a two-headed dog, Kozo, from Cabinda (wood and iron)
HSC94480 Kongo nkisi nkondi in the form of a two-headed dog, Kozo, from Cabinda (wood and iron) by African, (19th century); h:67.5 cm; Musee Barbier-Mueller, Geneva

Background imageFetish Collection: American rock singer Alice Cooper performing in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon during

American rock singer Alice Cooper performing in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon during his Special Forces tour. 17th February 1982

Background imageFetish Collection: Blolo Bla Female Figure, Baule Culture (wood)

Blolo Bla Female Figure, Baule Culture (wood)
HSC181680 Blolo Bla Female Figure, Baule Culture (wood) by African School; Private Collection; (add.info.: the Baule believe that people are born already married to a spirit spouse; a blolo bla is a)

Background imageFetish Collection: Group of figures (wood)

Group of figures (wood)
956820 Group of figures (wood) by African School; Private Collection; (add.info.: Left, Suku female figure pendant, Congolese, brown-red patina, 13.5cm high ETH200606189 01 Centre)

Background imageFetish Collection: Akan or Asante Akuaba Figure from Ghana (wood) (see also 186392)

Akan or Asante Akuaba Figure from Ghana (wood) (see also 186392)
HSC186392 Akan or Asante Akuaba Figure from Ghana (wood) (see also 186392) by African School; height:40 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFetish Collection: I ll never do it again (coloured photo)

I ll never do it again (coloured photo)
3642828 I ll never do it again (coloured photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: I ll never do it again. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageFetish Collection: A Male Nude Pulled by Another Male, (pencil and brown ink on brown paper)

A Male Nude Pulled by Another Male, (pencil and brown ink on brown paper)
658726 A Male Nude Pulled by Another Male, (pencil and brown ink on brown paper) by Gericault, Theodore (1791-1824); 12.6x19.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Male Nude Pulled by Another Male)

Background imageFetish Collection: The Riding Crop, c. 1925 (bronze) (see also 940322)

The Riding Crop, c. 1925 (bronze) (see also 940322)
940323 The Riding Crop, c.1925 (bronze) (see also 940322) by Zach, Bruno (1891-1935); height: 82 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christies Images

Background imageFetish Collection: Aristotle and Phyllis, surrounded by a young man and woman with Eros

Aristotle and Phyllis, surrounded by a young man and woman with Eros, and reclining nude woman with two children
1163365 Aristotle and Phyllis, surrounded by a young man and woman with Eros, and reclining nude woman with two children, second half of the 15th century (engraving) by Baldini

Background imageFetish Collection: Fetishes; Les Fetiches, 1928 (oil on paper laid down on panel)

Fetishes; Les Fetiches, 1928 (oil on paper laid down on panel)
653566 Fetishes; Les Fetiches, 1928 (oil on paper laid down on panel) by Berghe, Frits van den (1883-1939); 49.5x38 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Fetishes; Les Fetiches)

Background imageFetish Collection: The Riding Crop, c. 1925 (bronze) (see also 940323)

The Riding Crop, c. 1925 (bronze) (see also 940323)
940322 The Riding Crop, c.1925 (bronze) (see also 940323) by Zach, Bruno (1891-1935); height: 82 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christies Images

Background imageFetish Collection: DDE-90022833

DDE-90022833
Africa, Togo. Lome Voodoo Fetish Market. Local market where animal bone, skin, and body parts are used in voodoo rituals. Dead frogs & lizards. Date: 28/09/2006

Background imageFetish Collection: All except smoking

All except smoking
Ohad Falik

Background imageFetish Collection: Amulet, Peru, 1000 / 1476. Creator: Unknown

Amulet, Peru, 1000 / 1476. Creator: Unknown
Amulet, Peru, 1000/1476

Background imageFetish Collection: Banza Lovangiri, the capital of the former kingdom of Lovango, about 1670 (litho)

Banza Lovangiri, the capital of the former kingdom of Lovango, about 1670 (litho)
3638278 Banza Lovangiri, the capital of the former kingdom of Lovango, about 1670 (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Banza Lovangiri)

Background imageFetish Collection: Young 'fetish'man of Lake Jonanga (engraving)

Young "fetish"man of Lake Jonanga (engraving)
967262 Young " fetish" man of Lake Jonanga (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Young " fetish" man of Lake Jonanga)

Background imageFetish Collection: Prey God Fetiches (colour litho)

Prey God Fetiches (colour litho)
980408 Prey God Fetiches (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Prey God Fetiches)

Background imageFetish Collection: Swahili Women with a Fetish, Zanzibar (colour litho)

Swahili Women with a Fetish, Zanzibar (colour litho)
2799240 Swahili Women with a Fetish, Zanzibar (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Swahili Women with a Fetish, Zanzibar)

Background imageFetish Collection: Ogana, the Ashira Housekeeper (engraving)

Ogana, the Ashira Housekeeper (engraving)
2796618 Ogana, the Ashira Housekeeper (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ogana, the Ashira Housekeeper)

Background imageFetish Collection: Idol (engraving)

Idol (engraving)
2796630 Idol (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Idol. Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa by Paul B du Chaillu (John Murray, 1861)

Background imageFetish Collection: Promenade En Casamance (engraving)

Promenade En Casamance (engraving)
2788980 Promenade En Casamance (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Promenade En Casamance. Illustration for Journal Des Voyages, 11 December 1892)

Background imageFetish Collection: Artistic Productions of the Southern Congo People (engraving)

Artistic Productions of the Southern Congo People (engraving)
3655618 Artistic Productions of the Southern Congo People (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Artistic Productions of the Southern Congo People)

Background imageFetish Collection: Mr F Hornimans Museum, Forest Hill (engraving)

Mr F Hornimans Museum, Forest Hill (engraving)
1602731 Mr F Hornimans Museum, Forest Hill (engraving) by Watkins, Frank (fl.1859-94); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mr F Hornimans Museum, Forest Hill)

Background imageFetish Collection: Entrance to a fetish hut in Lunda (engraving)

Entrance to a fetish hut in Lunda (engraving)
3655632 Entrance to a fetish hut in Lunda (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Entrance to a fetish hut in Lunda)

Background imageFetish Collection: Fetish in Lunda (engraving)

Fetish in Lunda (engraving)
3655629 Fetish in Lunda (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fetish in Lunda; purpose unknown, perhaps to avert lightning)

Background imageFetish Collection: Ere Ibeji Memory Figures, Yoruba Culture (wood) (see also 181682)

Ere Ibeji Memory Figures, Yoruba Culture (wood) (see also 181682)
HSC181683 Ere Ibeji Memory Figures, Yoruba Culture (wood) (see also 181682) by Nigerian; Private Collection; (add.info.: among the Yoruba)

Background imageFetish Collection: Triumph, from the series of ten plates from Paraphrase on the Discovery of a

Triumph, from the series of ten plates from Paraphrase on the Discovery of a
XKH149253 Triumph, from the series of ten plates from Paraphrase on the Discovery of a Glove, 1878 published in 1881 (indian ink on paper) by Klinger

Background imageFetish Collection: Sketches from the Gaboon River, West Coast of Africa (engraving)

Sketches from the Gaboon River, West Coast of Africa (engraving)
1054765 Sketches from the Gaboon River, West Coast of Africa (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sketches from the Gaboon River, West Coast of Africa)

Background imageFetish Collection: The palace of the King of Dahomey at Abomey 37, an African man hiding a fetish 38

The palace of the King of Dahomey at Abomey 37, an African man hiding a fetish 38
6337756 The palace of the King of Dahomey at Abomey 37, an African man hiding a fetish 38, and people of Whydah worshipping a huge snake 39 by English School

Background imageFetish Collection: Fetish banana trees near the River Ogowe, Gaboon (engraving)

Fetish banana trees near the River Ogowe, Gaboon (engraving)
967258 Fetish banana trees near the River Ogowe, Gaboon (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fetish banana trees near the River Ogowe, Gaboon)

Background imageFetish Collection: Shield and Fetich of the Priesthood of the Bow (colour litho)

Shield and Fetich of the Priesthood of the Bow (colour litho)
980409 Shield and Fetich of the Priesthood of the Bow (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Shield and Fetich of the Priesthood of the Bow)

Background imageFetish Collection: Woman with African statuettes (b / w photo)

Woman with African statuettes (b / w photo)
3094427 Woman with African statuettes (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Woman with African statuettes)

Background imageFetish Collection: Fragment of a Kongo nkisi nkondi (wood)

Fragment of a Kongo nkisi nkondi (wood)
HSC94481 Fragment of a Kongo nkisi nkondi (wood) by Congolese School, (19th century); 31x12.5x12 cm; Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

Background imageFetish Collection: The Ashanti Expedition, the Fall of a Fetish (litho)

The Ashanti Expedition, the Fall of a Fetish (litho)
1605152 The Ashanti Expedition, the Fall of a Fetish (litho) by Wright, Henry Charles Seppings (1850-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Ashanti Expedition, the Fall of a Fetish)

Background imageFetish Collection: Women trying on shoes in a shoe shop (litho)

Women trying on shoes in a shoe shop (litho)
982946 Women trying on shoes in a shoe shop (litho) by Guillaume, Albert (1873-1942); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women trying on shoes in a shoe shop)

Background imageFetish Collection: American rock singer Alice Cooper performing in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon during

American rock singer Alice Cooper performing in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon during his Special Forces tour. 17th February 1982

Background imageFetish Collection: Akodessewa fetish market in Lome, Togo, West Africa, Africa

Akodessewa fetish market in Lome, Togo, West Africa, Africa

Background imageFetish Collection: Horses tails, Akodessewa fetish market, Lome, Togo, West Africa, Africa

Horses tails, Akodessewa fetish market, Lome, Togo, West Africa, Africa

Background imageFetish Collection: Fetish

Fetish

Background imageFetish Collection: Fetish Doctor, Sierra Leone, West Africa

Fetish Doctor, Sierra Leone, West Africa - smiling and holding an array of spears. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageFetish Collection: Voodoo masks on local market Lome Voodoo Fetish Market, Lome, Togo

Voodoo masks on local market Lome Voodoo Fetish Market, Lome, Togo

Background imageFetish Collection: Village scene showing fetish hut, near Korhogo, Ivory Coast, West Africa, Africa

Village scene showing fetish hut, near Korhogo, Ivory Coast, West Africa, Africa



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"Fetish: Exploring the Cultural and Artistic Significance Across Africa" Africa is a continent rich in diverse cultures, traditions, and artistic expressions. In Togo, specifically in Koutammakou, lies a hidden gem - a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the unique architecture of the Tamberma people. Here, fetish practices have been an integral part of their spiritual beliefs for centuries. In the heart of Togoville village in Togo, one can witness a captivating sight - a fetish surrounded by sacrificial offerings. This sacred place holds immense significance to the local community as they seek guidance and protection from their ancestors through these rituals. Across West Africa, particularly in Sierra Leone, we find skilled practitioners known as Fetish Doctors. These individuals possess deep knowledge of traditional healing methods and are revered for their ability to connect with spirits to bring about physical and emotional well-being. Fetishism extends beyond spirituality into various art forms. Renowned American rock singer Alice Cooper mesmerizes audiences worldwide with his electrifying performances that embody elements of theatricality and shock value – challenging societal norms just like fetishes do. Art enthusiasts are captivated by ancient wooden sculptures such as the Blolo Bla Female Figure from Baule Culture or group figures crafted with intricate details. These masterpieces reflect cultural beliefs surrounding fertility rites or ancestral worship prevalent across different African communities. Ghana's Akan or Asante Akuaba Figures carved from wood hold symbolic meaning related to childbirth and nurturing qualities desired by women seeking motherhood blessings – showcasing how fetishes intertwine with everyday life experiences. Artists throughout history have explored fetishism themes too; "Le mystere est exempt de pudeur" (Mystery is exempt from decency), created in 1935 by an unknown artist using collage and gouache on paper provokes contemplation on society's perception of mystery versus modesty. Sometimes fetishes take unconventional forms.