Fetish and Power Based Objects
African fetishes are objects thought to embody or contain potent magical powers. Some may use this term interchangeably with amulets, though many see amulets as magical objects worn for protection and good luck. The commonality is the belief that they both have supernatural potency that could equally perform godly deeds. Besides, objects which many believe were used in ancestral practices, including masks, sculptures and other artifacts, could all be seen as fetishes.
We have, to the wonderment of our customers, collected these marvelous objects from across the regions of West and Central African countries. Many also refer to them as personal power based objects, because, unlike many artifacts (masks, sculptures, etc) which may have been communal properties, fetishes belonged to individuals, giving those individuals the ability to connect with, interact and make direct pleadings.
For easier organization, we are grouping traditionally termed fetishes (gris gris, voo doos, jujus, "magic", etc) with smaller -type objects (ancestral sculptures, "passport" masks, hand held dance staffs, etc). We hope you find these just as wonderful and enchanting as we do, and that they bring you unimaginable good luck, protection, good health and prosperity, just as old Africans would have wished!
Particular people and country of origin are provided. Thank you. We very much appreciate your business.
BELOW PLEASE FIND OUR FETISH(ES)
All Fetishes have been assigned numbers. Numbers 41 to 68 are as priced. Please use the assigned numbers to directly make your purchase(s).
For all others, please call for price using FETISH, as the page, and then the corresponding number(s). Thank you again. You are a valued customer.
Namji dolls are much desired by Westerners. Although primarily used for apotropaic purposes, they grew to be assigned other duties.
- Nkondi -
Anthropomorphic Nail fetish
In the Congo, nails, in this case, metal blades, were hammered into the fetish and shouted at to "awaken" the spirit for one to be able to receive its benefits! In times of severe crises and to help Nkondi along, insults and objects were hurled at it!
Nkondi spirits were thought to be powerful and very much reverenced by the people.
Fantastic Sling Shot, Congo
Cameroon, Medicine Pipe
Probably an ancestral figure.
There is a debate regarding these: - Yoruba, therefor, Ibejis; Togolese, therefor clairvoyants!
Wonderful, either way!!
Pl. see #37 for more details
Perhaps an apotropaic doll, representing a leader in the cult.
Considered a spirit that was helpful for wealth building of the individual, family and/or community
A wonderful passport mask
A fine dance staff
A "chief's" passport mask
Believed to be an ancestral figure.
Mossi, Burkina Faso
Fertility dolls such as these were given to young girls after circumcision ceremonies.
Dolls sold separately.
Believed to be an ancestral spirit.
A Hemba stool
The Hemba people, as did many other West and Central African peoples, were known to decorate household items with human figures.
Dogon blacksmiths forged small iron figures supposedly used for consecration ceremonies.
Forged iron figure.
Dogon forged iron figure.
Bambara, Cote D'voire
"Passport mask" that may have belonged to an elder or someone of a higher status. Metal objects were of men and of high value.
Senufo, Cote D'voire
Equestrian figure, Other groups in Mali may have produced this kind of art, as well.
Bell. The bell still chimes!
Dogon forged iron figure
"Passport" mask believed to have belonged to a leader, or one of a higher status
Senufo, Cote D'Voire
Probably cast in bronze, coupled with copper and brass alloys.
This is an example of the extremely distorted and/or disfigured artworks that appear in those of the Mfumbe people.
Bust of the queen mother of Benin, rumored to be the image of queen mother Idia.
Dogon forged iron figure
We show below as an example of a collection of fetishes. Credit is given at the end of the collection.
Any element -household items, bottles, bones, cloths, jars, stones, animal skins, sand/terracotta clumps, ceremonial nuts and/or vegetables, etc.- could be seen as a fetish, as long as it was thought to embody or contain potent magical powers.
Recettes Des Dieux
Esthétique du fétiche
Musee du quai Branly
Below are our continued fetishes for sale. You may purchase nos. 40 to 66 directly at the registered price below (scroll all the way down). Oral history informs that fetishes have an element of charity attached to them. If one were to believe that one has received their benefits, blessings, etc., then one is obligated to pass along some of those benefits by being charitable to someone in need.
In this spirit we are keeping the prices fairly low, of the belief that a lot of benefits would be realized, and that the received benefits would spur on untold charitable activities! But then it is also accepted that charity is its own reward, so please give generously anyway, whenever and wherever you can . Thank you.a