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Protective Figure (Bocio)

Artist/Maker: Fon people (Benin)

Date: 20th century
Medium: wood, cotton, iron, cowrie shells, plant fiber, accumulative material and encrustation
Overall: 9 x 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (22.9 x 9.5 x 11.4 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Alan Potamkin
Object number: 2007.48.53
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. This small protective figure is for an individual.
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