Ceremonial recade

The makpo, or ‘staff of fury’, was associated with the vodun religion and royal authority. This emblem also authenticated the bearer who acted as a royal messenger. Its iron blade is in the abstract form of a snake.

Object Summary

Museum Number 136/1993/77
Simple Name recade
Full Name ceremonial recade
Common Name ceremonial recade
Production country Benin
Material metal; wood
Collection class Religion and magic
Collection continent Africa
Collection area/region W
Production continent Africa
Production year high 1958
Cultural group Fon
Function name religion