African Fon Asen Royal Staff – Benin – Africa
African staff forged in metal with figures draped in cloth. Last quarter of the 20th century.
Dimensions: 99 x 28 x 28 cm – 39 x 11 x 11 in.
Provenance: Acquired in Benin in 1986.
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Asen are altars dedicated by a family to a specific deceased individual or to several individuals. They function almost like visual obituaries, with particular emphasis on the relationship of the deceased to the donor and the surviving family.
May 19, 2019
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