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unknown Fon

Hohovi (Twin Figure)

19th century - 20th century
Carved wood with pigment

17 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. (44.45 cm x 8.89 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.92
Other Number(s): 82-13 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Bénin
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Fon, Beninese, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Beninese - Style and culture of the people of Bénin, particularly of the modern inhabitants. For the style and culture of the more ancient people of southern Nigeria, use "Benin."
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • Fon
  • repairing - Restoring to a whole by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken, or otherwise restoring to sound condition.
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Tribal Sylvain Collection (Private Collection, Accessed July 30, 2020),
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0121628.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0121625.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Henricus Simonis and Jörg Schanze. Ewe Twin Figures (Cologne, Germany: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2008), 9-14.
  • Peter Loebarth, Twin Figures from West Africa (Washington, D.C.: LM Associates, March, 1981), 3-6.
  • Christian Merlo, "Ibeji, Hohovi, Venavi." Arts D'Afrique Noir 22 (1977): 16-31.

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