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Protective Figure (Bocio)

Artist/Maker: Fon people (Benin)

Date: 20th century
Medium: wood, gourd, cotton, iron, fruit pits, cowrie shells and encrustation
Overall: 26 1/2 x 10 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (67.3 x 25.7 x 21.6 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Alan Potamkin
Object number: 2007.48.2
DescriptionBocio are prescribed as protective images for individuals and their families. Only the person who made it knows the materials that empower it. The wooden figure is simply the armature on which the magical ingredients are placed.
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