Old Fon Ritual Phallus – Benin
Early 20th century. Iron. Cm. 20,3 high (7.99″); grams 256,2 (9.04 oz.).
These ritual phalluses are worn along the hips of Fon women during propitiatory fertility ceremonies. Visible signs of use and aging.
The Fon people are the largest ethnic group in Benin found particularly in its south region; they are also found in southwest Nigeria and Togo.
The history of the Fon people is linked to the Dahomey kingdom, a well-organized kingdom by the 17th century but one that shared more ancient roots with the Aja people. The Fon people traditionally were a culture of an oral tradition and had a well-developed polytheistic religious system. They were noted by early 19th-century European traders for their N’Nonmiton practice or Dahomey Amazons – which empowered their women to serve in the military, who decades later fought the French colonial forces in 1890.
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