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Fetish and Power Based Objects

African fetishes are objects thought to embody or contain potent magical powers. Some may use this term interchangeably with amulets, though many see amulets as magical objects worn for protection and good luck. The commonality is the belief that they both have supernatural potency that could equally perform godly deeds. Besides, objects which many believe were used in ancestral practices, including masks, sculptures and other artifacts, could all be seen as fetishes.

We have, to the wonderment of our customers, collected these marvelous objects from across the regions of West and Central African countries. Many also refer to them as personal power based objects, because, unlike many artifacts (masks, sculptures, etc) which may have been communal properties, fetishes belonged to individuals, giving those individuals the ability to connect with, interact and make direct pleadings.

For easier organization, we are grouping traditionally termed fetishes (gris gris, voo doos, jujus, "magic", etc) with smaller -type objects (ancestral sculptures, "passport" masks, hand held dance staffs, etc). We hope you find these just as wonderful and enchanting as we do, and that they bring you unimaginable good luck, protection, good health and prosperity, just as old Africans would have wished!


Particular people and country of origin are provided. Thank you. We very much appreciate your business.


All Fetishes have been assigned numbers. Numbers 41 to 68 are as priced. Please use the assigned numbers to directly make your purchase(s).

For all others, please call for price using FETISH, as the page, and then the corresponding number(s). Thank you again. You are a valued customer.


Namji, Cameroon

Namji dolls are much desired by Westerners. Although primarily used for apotropaic purposes, they grew to be assigned other duties. 


- Nkondi -

Anthropomorphic Nail fetish

In the Congo, nails, in this case, metal blades, were hammered into the fetish and shouted at to "awaken" the spirit for one to be able to receive its benefits! In times of severe crises and to help Nkondi along, insults and objects were hurled at it!

Nkondi spirits were thought to be powerful and very much reverenced by the people.


Namji, Cameroon


Fantastic Sling Shot, Congo


Namji, Cameroon.


Namji, Cameroon


Cameroon, Medicine Pipe



Nail fetish 



Nail fetish


Pende, Gabon

Probably an ancestral figure. 


There is a debate regarding these: - Yoruba, therefor, Ibejis; Togolese, therefor clairvoyants!

Wonderful, either way!!


Nail fetish



Mfumbe, Cameroon

Pl. see #37 for more details 


Perhaps an apotropaic doll, representing a leader in the cult.

Namji, Cameroon


Mambila, Cameroon

Considered a spirit that was helpful for wealth building of the individual, family and/or community    



Burkina Faso

A wonderful passport mask


Namji, Cameroon.


Namji, Cameroon


Dogon, Mali

A fine dance staff


Fang, Gabon

A "chief's" passport mask



Believed to be an ancestral figure.


Mossi, Burkina Faso

Fertility dolls such as these were given to young girls after circumcision ceremonies.

Dolls sold separately.


Mambila, Cameroon

Believed to be an ancestral spirit.


A Hemba stool

The Hemba people, as did many other West and Central African peoples, were known to decorate household items with human figures.


Dogon, Mali

Dogon, Mali

Dogon blacksmiths forged small iron figures supposedly used for consecration ceremonies.


Dogon, Mali

Forged iron


Dogon, Mali

Forged iron figure.


Dogon, Mali

Dogon forged iron figure.


Bambara, Cote D'voire

"Passport mask" that may have belonged to an elder or someone of a higher status. Metal objects were of men and of high value.


Senufo, Cote D'voire

"Passport" mask


Dogon, Mali.

Equestrian figure, Other groups in Mali may have produced this kind of art, as well.


Igbo, Nigeria.

Bell. The bell still chimes!



Kotoko Equestrian


Dogon, Mali

Dogon forged iron figure



"Passport" mask believed to have belonged to a leader, or one of a higher status    


Senufo, Cote D'Voire

Probably cast in bronze, coupled with copper and brass alloys.


Mfumbe, Cameroon

This is an example of the extremely distorted and/or disfigured artworks that appear in those of the Mfumbe people.


Benin, Nigeria

Bust of the queen mother of Benin, rumored to be the image of queen mother Idia.


Dogon, Mali

Dogon forged iron figure


We show below as an example of a collection of fetishes. Credit is given at the end of the collection.

Any element -household items, bottles, bones, cloths, jars, stones, animal skins, sand/terracotta clumps, ceremonial nuts and/or vegetables, etc.- could be seen as a fetish, as long as it was thought to embody or contain potent magical powers.

Recettes Des Dieux

Esthétique du fétiche

Musee du quai Branly

Below are our continued fetishes for sale. You may purchase nos. 40 to 66 directly at the registered price below (scroll all the way down). Oral history informs that fetishes have an element of charity attached to them. If one were to believe that one has received their benefits, blessings, etc., then one is obligated to pass along some of those benefits by being charitable to someone in need.

In this spirit we are keeping the prices fairly low, of the belief that a lot of benefits would be realized, and that the received benefits would spur on untold charitable activities! But then it is also accepted that charity is its own reward, so please give generously anyway, whenever and wherever you can . Thank you.a

Enjoy and collect them all! May they also be of help to you if that is what you are looking for!!

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