The practice of vodun, or voodoo, has objects or
fetishes that can only act once they have been rendered sacred. These
sculptures emanate qualities of energy and foreboding. Their ambiguous
aesthetics are linked to their role in both protecting their owners from
danger and harming those responsible for their difficulties. Bocio are
portraits, and are meant to stave off misfortune. They are very powerful
and personal objects. Using the pointed iron base, the bocio is planted
in the ground in front of shrine where it receives offerings. Prescribed
by a diviner, and empowered by adding various organic substances, a
bocio serves as a decoy, drawing harmful forces away from its owner.
Ex. Charles Jones African Art, N. Carolina, Ex. Scott Rodolitz and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Note: Stands not included.
Male: Height: 21 ½" x Width: 4" x Depth:2"
Female: Height: 19" x Width: 4 ¾" x Depth: 2".