Estimated age: 1970- Very good condition - Beautiful patina.
Ethnic group: FON.
Country of origin: Benin.
Estimated age: 1970.
Main material: wood, black iron.
Height: 21 x 8 cm.
Weight: 218 g.
similar small fetishes can be found in Art Galleries such as Bruno Mignot at prices around 400 Euros.
Little hard wood fetish with a particularly crusty small Asen on top...
The name of Botchio (Boccio, Bocio, Botchio) is composed of two distinct words: "BO", which means "power, evil spell" and "CIO" which means "corpse". It is part of a vast pantheon of deities unified in the 17th century during the creation of the Voodoo ritual.
Like all deities, the Bocio also receives offerings (calabashes, asen, pieces of iron which are supposed to represent the cauris ancestors). It is fed with palm oil and animal blood, while placed under a little shelter, covered with palm leaves.
From this place, it can perform his powers. The Bocio is a sentinel which will guard the house, the clan, the village, a secret society, or an individual. It has sometimes been claimed that it adopts the misleading appearance of the head of the family, with the features of a corpse, to dissuade the enemy of casting a spell.
But it is commonly said that he becomes the corpse of the evil spell that was cast against the inhabitant of the house it guards.
It even happened that a slave was attached to it, in order to absorb or stop the spell radically.
The Bocio fetish can be used either for beneficial or evil purposes.
Its primary purpose is communicate with the spirits of the other world, in order to chase away evil forces.
The Bocio fetish is not to be mistaken with the Bocio stake which is usually placed at the entry of the houses and symbolises the god Vodun Legba, protector of the house and of the family.
Jacques Kerchach’s text especially adapted from pages 29 and 30 of the Voodoo book.
There are figurines of all dimensions, with or without iron, with some iron inlaid in the summit of the head (Gud, Gu?), with double heads...
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