African Fon Asen Royal Staff – Benin

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.



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