AFRICAN HOMAGE

Gris-Gris

Gris-gris, sculpture, Addé, African Homage

“Gris-Gris” Sculpture by Addé 2018

The origins of Gris-gris are found in Africa, Benin, among the Fon people. A few of them, initiates, practicing the “Bo” are creating “Botos” which are called Gris-Gris by the voodoo adepts.
Gris-Gris are symbolic while being physically elaborated according to the intentions and the goals of the owner.
Gris-Gris are immediately connected with the “Iwa” as both respond to very deep, meditated choices of life and objectives.
Marie Laveau, as a renowned Louisiana Creole practitioner of voodoo, was famous for her elaborate constructions of Gris-Gris, very powerful ones.
She has inspired quite a number of artistic renditions among which, the outstanding and fabulous Dr John’s eponym number.
Fon people, also called Dahomey live in the southern part of Benin (called Dahomey until 1975).
They are very closely related to the Ewe people, both members of the Kwa group, and both known for initiating voodoo in Louisiana.
Both Gris-gris and Iwa are related to “Nkisi” which are known as “power figures” that are believed to contain spiritual powers or spirits.

 

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Gris-Gris, sculpture © Addé 2018 – photos Xea B.

 

“Gris-Gris” Sculpture by Addé 2018

Gris-gris, sculpture, Addé, African Homage
Gris-gris bear an infinity of shapes, colours, and sizes. Yet they mostly come out as polychromatic sculptures.

Dr. John – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya (1969)

 
 
 

Most of the original sculptures presented here are conceived as monumental. Should you be interested in commissioning the large version, please contact us.

 

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