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Fon iron image of Gun, the god of iron and war, Dahomey MuseumFon iron image of Gun, the god of iron and war, Dahomey. Museum

The Fon Kingdom of Dahomey, with its capital at Abomey (now in the People's Republic of Benin), was also founded in the early 17th century.

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The palace is decorated with painted relief panels modeled in clay, representing the different kings and the events of their reigns. The kings are represented also by iron staffs and messengers' staffs with openwork iron symbols on a wooden haft, as well as by a small number of large wooden statues combining human and animal attributes. The thrones of the kings are similar in form to Ashanti stools but are much taller and are preserved as cult objects. Small figures cast in brass, often in groups, are prestige items employed also to decorate the royal tombs. Brightly coloured appliqué cloth is used on state umbrellas and chiefs' caps. A popular art is calabash carving. The greatest achievements of Fon art, however, are the large sculptures for Gun, the god of iron and war, made from sheets of copper or iron (see photograph ).

 
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Fon-Heineman.jpg (111548 bytes) A Fon wooden statue from the Heineman collection

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Fon-Offer.jpg (139776 bytes) A Fon offer figure in a plate, diameter 19cm, high 11 cm
 

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