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Male figure  (podohome-bocio, tsakatou)
Date: Mid-20th century
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: H x W x D: 19.2 x 5.4 x 9.5 cm (7 9/16 x 2 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Furst
Geography: Bopa, Lake Aheme region, Benin
Object Number: 68-32-14
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This podohome-bocio is from the Fon peoples, Adja group, in Bopa on Lake Aheme, Benin. Called Tsakatou, it is a figure with a dagger in its heart and represents the potential to do harm to someone.

Wood standing anthropomorphic figure with rectangular body, arms at side and pierced wooden peg in heart. Figure has simple face with a slit for mouth, square eyes and protruding triangular nose.

Michael and Shirley Furst, collected 1965-1968

Blier, Suzanne Preston. 1995. African Vodun: Art, Psychology, and Power. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 202, no. 93.

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