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unknown Fon

Hohovi (Twin Figure)

Late 19th century - Early 20th century
Carved wood

8 1/4 in. x 3 15/16 in. x 3 3/8 in. (21 cm x 10 cm x 8.5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.97
Other Number(s): 71 (156) (Neufeld Collection Number)
156 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Bénin, Aplahoué
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.
  • female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
  • Fon
  • patina - An aged appearance caused by environmental factors, acquired naturally or artificially induced; used especially with regard to a surface layer on metal caused by oxidation or corrosion.
  • statues - Sculpture in the round, usually but not always depicting humans, animals, mythical beings, or small figure groups. Statues are relatively large in scale, being life-size, larger than life-size, or only slightly smaller than life-size. For small-scale representations of humans, animals, or mythical beings, use "figurines," "statuettes," or another appropriate term. For depictions of humans, animals, or mythical beings in media other than sculpture, use "figures (representations)."
  • 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.

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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: 12/20/1996

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 156
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0120204.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0175648.
  • Robert Domingos Collection (Private Collection, Accessed August 21, 2020),

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Peter Loebarth, Twin Figures from West Africa (Washington, D.C.: LM Associates, March, 1981), 3-6.
  • Henricus Simonis and Jörg Schanze. Ewe Twin Figures (Cologne, Germany: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2008), 9-14.
  • Christian Merlo, "Ibeji, Hohovi, Venavi." Arts D'Afrique Noir 22 (1977): 16-31, Figure Number: 8.

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