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No. 823.1
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Publication: 1919-20. Erkens, Pater L. "Onze Missiën in Vogelvlucht." De Katholieke Missiën, Vol. 45.

Original language: Dutch

Caption translation: Fetish market at Dahomey

Caption: Fetisch markt te Dahomay

Text: none
Illustration technique: b/w field photograph

Publication page: 72

Publication plate/figure: figure

Keywords:
• Dahomey (Country, region, place)
• République du Bénin (Country, region, place)
• metal (Materials and techniques)
• ancestral (Notable features)
• figurated tops (Notable features)
• asen (Object name, type)
• memorial spike (Object name, type)
• portable altar (Object name, type)
• Fon (Style, culture group)

Comments:
Jim Ross, (6/12/2012):

See another view of Asen staffs in fig 3 on p187 of The Museum for African Art's 1993 publication Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals by Mary H. Nooter. The caption tell us as follows: Asen staffs displayed in the course of a princely ceremony. Each is dedicated to a different royal ancestor. Offerings are made not to the staff but to the ground in which it is placed. Abomey area, Benin. Photo S.P. Bier, 1986."



Jim Ross, (8/16/2014):

See a clearer version of this image on a postcard which appears in Fétiches de l'ancienne Côte des Esclaves by Daniel Boudre (2014) 64 with the following caption: "Asens, Abomey, carte postale." The postcard has the following imprinted on the side displayed in this publication: "Dahomey. Marché d'Abomey. Section de la Ferraille Fétiche."



Jim Ross, (12/6/2014):

 Appears on what I assume is a postcard in Art De La Cote-D'Ivoire Et De Ses Voisins - Catalogue Des Objets Extraits De La Collection Guenneguez by André et Afo Guenneguez (2000) 230 with the following caption along the top of the image:"Dahomey. Markt in Abomey. Abteilung für eiserne Fetische." The caption in the Guenneguez under both this image and another one with a person kneeling in front of a hut is as follows: "Cour de fétisches."



Jim Ross, (10/1/2015): This image appears in Arts et traditions d'Afrique du profane au sacré by Catherine & Patrick Sargos (2010) 297, ill. 7.32 with the following caption: "Ce cliché du début du xxe siècle montre une partie du marché d'Abomey, où des asen sont présentés pour être vendus; l'acquéreur fera forger une scène figurant le défunt dans son cadre le plus caractéristique, puis il le fera consacrer selon l'usage par le féticheur, et enfin, il le plantera dans la case réservée aux asen.'

Jim Ross, (6/6/2017): See a color photograph of a similar object on p123 in fig. 3 in an article by Yves-Bernard Debie entitled French Museum Collections: An Inalienable Patrimony in "Tribal Art"  Summer 2017, XXI-3 / Number 84, pp122-123 with the following caption: "Portable altar, asen, with emblems of Béhanzin. Attributed to the astelier of the Lanmandoucelo Aïssi family, Fon, Benin. Before 1892. Copper alloy, silver. H. 148 cm. Donated by Amédé Dodds. Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, inv. 71. 1895.16.4." For more on Béhanzin, see comment on 6/6/2017 in #2416.154.1.