African Tribal Art - Phalli, Fon, Ghana/Togo

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Phallus (legba)
Fon people, border of Ghana and Togo
18" (45.7 cm) high
Late 19th century

A very large example of ritual phalli, called legba, which were named after a trickster god Legba. These were placed in the ground to assure fertility and stimulate the growth of crops. This example has a shiny black patina from ritual use. Ex Alan Stone collection, NY.


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